Albert I. was engaged in oceanographic research and paleontology. In his time, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco was erected, housed in an impressive building on the edge of a cliff.
On June 26, 1922, Albert I, the reigning prince (prince) of the independent state of Monaco, died. He ruled Monaco for almost 33 years and was particularly known for his scientific research interests. For example, he practiced oceanography and paleontology. He was even given the French nickname Prince Savant.
Albert I came from the famous Grimaldi dynasty. He married in 1869 a Scottish aristocrat named Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton, and was the daughter of the 11th Duke of Hamilton (the Douglas-Hamilton family was one of the leading aristocratic families in Scotland). Mary Victoria gave birth to one child to Albert I. – a son Louis II. from Monaco – who later became the ruler of that state.
Prince Albert I was the great-grandfather of the recently deceased Prince Rainer III, the wife of the famous actress Grace Kelly. It was Albert I who started the famous tradition of driving a rally in Monte Carlo (officially called the Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo). In his time, the Oceanographic Museum (French: Musée océanographique) was built in Monaco, housed in an impressive building on the edge of a cliff. Albert I. was engaged in oceanographic research, and owned several large yachts. He was also on four polar expeditions in the Arctic.