Today is the birthday of geneticist Gregor Mendel, whose work laid the foundation of modern genetics.
Mendel, born 20th July 1822, was an Austrian friar and scientist, and his work in studying the inheritance of certain traits in pea plants led to the discovery of certain laws that cause the traits to be inherited by the next generation. These laws were posthumously named after Mendel.
His work was not recognised until the 20th century, though following their rediscovery, he is widely regarded as the pioneer of genetics.
Google have today remembered Mendel’s influence with their Google Doodle, highlighting his importance to the world of science.
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