Biologist Hall of Fame
"The Father of Genetics"
About Gregor Mendel
July 22, 1822- January 6, 1884
Mendel was known as the "father of modern genetics," he was born in Austria in 1822. Gregor Mendel discovered the basic principles of heredity through experiments in his monastery's garden. His experiments showed the inheritance of certain traits in pea plants followed certain patterns, which ended up becoming the base of genetics and the study of heredity.
The Early Life of Mendel
The Beginning of Genetics
Basic Facts of Genetics and Heredity
- Heredity is the passing on of characteristics from one generation to the next.
- Living things inherit traits from there parents.
- Cells are the basic unit of structure and function of all living things.
- A gene gives only the potential for the development of a trait.