St. Albert was a Dominican and a teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas. Besides his interest in theology, Albert was also a great student of the natural world. He studied biology and observed bees and other animals to understand nature better.
Albert was destined to be overshadowed by his student, but he probably didn't mind. Some people have the role of being a precursor for someone else who will surpass them in some way. But that doesn't detract from Albert's own greatness. He is a Doctor of the Church, especially known for his philosophical writings. He studied Aristotle extensively and helped the young Thomas assimilate Greek philosophy. Thomas then went on to become an outstanding commentator on Aristotle's writings.