Royal Albert Hall in London.
Here’s a list of some other noteworthy Alberts…
Albert Brooks (born 1947) – American actor, writer, comedian and director. Born as Albert Lawrence Einstein, he later changed his surname from Einstein to avoid confusion with the famous scientist.
Albert Finney (born 1936) – Highly celebrated British actor. Hailed as “a second Olivier,” he has been nominated for five Academy Awards.
Albert Martinez (born 1961) – Philippine actor and director.
Fat Albert – An obese, kindly, somewhat naïve character from comedian Bill Cosby’s stand-up comedy routines. Fat Albert was later developed into an animated character for Saturday morning children’s TV. His catch phrase is “Hey, hey, hey!” Fat Albert came in at #12 on TV Guide’s list of the 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time.
Albert Kahn (1869-1942) – One of the great influencers of modern industrial architecture and considered “the architect of the auto industrialists.” He introduced the reinforced concrete method of building to America. He designed and built thousands of buildings in Detroit, Michigan and around the world. His firm, Albert Kahn and Associates, is still considered a world leader in industrial plant design.
Albert Speer (1905–1981) – Called “the first architect of the Third Reich,” Speer was tried after the war at Nuremberg and was sentenced to 20 years. After his release, he became a successful author, writing until his death in London in 1981 from natural causes.
Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) – German-American painter best known for his large, overly romantic, carefully-detailed landscape paintings of the American West.
Albert DeSalvo (1931-1973) – A serial killer active in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1960s. Although he claimed to be the Boston Strangler there was no evidence to substantiate his confession.
Albert Fish (1870–1936) – American serial killer and cannibal. He was also known as “the Moon Maniac,” “the Gray Man,” “the Werewolf of Wysteria” and “the Brooklyn Vampire.” Working as a house painter, he drifted across the United States and claimed to have had a murder victim in each of the 23 states he visited. Fish has been mentioned as one of the influences for the character Hannibal Lector from the Thomas Harris novels.
Albert Camus (1913–1960) – French author and philosopher. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Camus was the second youngest-ever recipient after Rudyard Kipling.
Albert Einstein (1879–1955) – German-Swiss theoretical physicist is widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics. Einstein’s theoretical physics equation, E = mc², is one of the most famous equations in the world. In popular culture, his name has become synonymous with great intelligence and genius. (Albert Einstien is the most common misspelling of his name).
Albert Schweitzer, MD (1875–1965) – Alcesian theologian, organist, medical doctor, philosopher, missionary, and humanitarian. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Lambaréné Hospital in the west central African nation of Gabon.
Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986) – Hungarian physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He was also active in the Hungarian Resistance during World War II and entered Hungarian politics after the war.
MAJOR LEAGUE ALBERTS
Albert Belle (born 1966 in Shreveport, LA) – Former American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, and Baltimore Orioles. He was the first player to hit 50 doubles and 50 home runs in a single season.
Albert Pujols (born 1980 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – An American Major League Baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals and widely regarded as one of the best offensive players in the game today. He was the first player in Major League history to hit 30 or more home runs in each of his first five seasons. He was also the first Major League player since Ted Williams to reach the 100 RBI mark in each of his first five seasons.
Albert Castiglia – Florida-based blues guitarist and singer.
Albert Collins (1932-1993) – Legendary Texas blues guitarist, singer and musician. He had many nicknames including “The Ice Man” and “Master of the Telecaster”. A distant relative of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Collins released 14 albums between 1964 and 1995. His influence extended to Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, John Mayer and Frank Zappa.
Albert Cummings – Massachusetts-based blues guitarist and singer.
Albert Hammond (born 1942) – Singer-songwriter, best known for his 1970s hit records such as “It Never Rains in Southern California”, “The Free Electric Band”, and “Down by the River.”
Albert Hammond, Jr – A member of the band The Strokes. Son of singer-songwriter Albert Hammond.
Albert King (1923–1992) – Influential American Blues guitarist and singer. One of the “Three Kings” of the Mississippi Blues guitar (along with B.B. King and Freddie King), he was known as “The Velvet Bulldozer.” King influenced many later blues guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Albert Lee (born 1943) – English-American guitar player widely known as “Mr. Telecaster.” He is also called “the guitar player’s guitar player” due to the presence of many famous guitarists anytime he performs and his technical wizardry.
Albert Zamora – Latino singer/songwriter/accordion player in the style of music known as Conjunto.
Uncle Albert of Paul McCartney’s song “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” – Refers to McCartney’s uncle who was known in the family for his familiarity with the Bible and the bottle.
Uncle Albert – A character in the popular BBC sitcom “Only Fools and Horses” played by the English actor Buster Merryfield.
PLACES NAMED ALBERT
Albert Lea – A town located in southern Minnesota near the Iowa line. The 1990 population was 18,310.
Prince Albert – The third-largest city in Saskatchewan, Canada (after Saskatoon and Regina) with a population of just over 41,000 as of 2001. It is situated more-or-less in the center of the province and is called the “Gateway to the North.”
Prince Albert National Park – Saskatchewan, Canada’s only national park and is located 120 miles north of Saskatoon. It is approximately one million acres of wilderness and lakes covering 1,500 square miles in central Saskatchewan.
Royal Albert Hall – A performing arts venue dedicated to England’s Queen Victoria’s husband and consort, Prince Albert. It is situated in London’s royal borough of Westminster, within the area also known as Albertopolis. Albert Hall is prominently featured in the climax of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1934 film “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” It is also referenced in the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life” (“now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall”).
Victoria and Albert Museum – One of the world’s great museums of art and design. Located in London, England, it is named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Albert I (1875-1934) – King of the Belgians from 1909-34. He was the nephew and successor of Leopold II.
Albert II (born 1934) – King of the Belgians since 1993. He is the younger son of Leopold III.
Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco (born 1958) – Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi is the only son of Rainier III and his American wife, the film star Grace Kelly. He has been ruler of the Principality of Monaco since his father’s death in 2005.
Albert of Brandenburg (1490-1568) – Grand master of the Teutonic Knights from 1511-1525 and the first duke of Prussia from 1525-1568. He was the grandson of Elector Albert Achilles of Brandenburg.
Albert the Bear (c.1100-1170) – First margrave of Brandenburg from 1150-70. A loyal vassal of Holy Roman Emperor Lothair II, Albert’s achievements in Christianizing and Germanizing NE Germany were important.
Prince Albert (1819–1861) – The husband and consort of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. He was the only husband of a British queen regnant to have formally held the title of Prince Consort. His full name and title was: His Serene Highness Prince Francis Charles Augustus Albert Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Duke in Saxony.
Prince Albert in a can – The famous joke refers not to Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, but to his eldest son, Prince Albert Edward (1841–1910) who reigned as King Edward VII. He is the individual for whom Prince Albert brand tobacco was named.
Albert Hofmann (born 1906) – Prominent Swiss scientist best known as the “father” of LSD.
Albert Sabin (1906-1993) – Renowned American medical researcher who was the creator of the “live” oral Polio vaccine. Jonas Salk was the creator of the “dead” Polio vaccine.
St. Albertus Magnus (c. 1193-1280) – A scientist, philosopher, and theologian, St. Albert the Great is the patron saint of science. He had extraordinary genius and was proficient in every branch of learning cultivated in his day. He surpassed all his contemporaries, except perhaps Roger Bacon, in the extensive knowledge of nature.
Albert Pike (1809-1891) – Attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason. Pike is the only Confederate military officer or figure to be honored with a statue in Washington D.C.
Albert Sidney Johnston (1803–1862) – A career U.S. Army officer and a Confederate general during the American Civil War. Considered by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to be the finest general in the Confederacy, he was killed early in the war at the Battle of Shiloh.
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