Gregor Mendel

Founder of genetics

Background info

Gregor Mendel was a German scientist who is the founder of genetics. He is known as the "father of modern genetics".

Early life

Gregor Johann Mendel was born on July 22, 1822 Heinzendorf Austria is where he was born. He was a very good student as a young kid and was recognized by a teacher for his work ethic of learning. After he went to University of Vienna he then returned to the monastery in Brno and that is where he was at when he became well known.

Gregor Mendel

How he found out genetics

He worked to find out how genetics work by using peas in his experiments. He did all his experiments on peas which include offspring then and how they fertilize, which did have opposite traits. Once he found it he had a lecture where he spoke at the Natural Science society where he published the the results of his findings. The data he used to find it was that first he crossed yellow with green and he found it to turn out all yellow. Which confused people because if he crossed both yellow and green then where did the green go? So he tried the experiment again and got a different result he mixed yellow with yellow and he got some yellow and green. After that he analyzed his data, he had 8,023 peas and 6,022 were yellow peas and 2,001 were green. He made up words to describe what he did. He made the term dominant which was the yellow peas because they were dominant over the green because there were all yellow or more yellow then green. As well as recessive which refers to green because green was recessive to yellow. Making green recessive. The reaction was that the scientists didn't think it was right so they didn't care until he passed away, then they found out he was actually right on the experiment!

How he became known!

He had a lot of experiments and he later found how genetics work. If not for him people wouldn't know what or how people get there traits. He changed the field of study because i believe if he didn't find it or study it then scientist would still be working or studying genetics still today!