Happy Birthday Gregor Mendel

Mendel was born on July 20th, 1822. He is famous for his discovery of peas and genetics.

Here is his stuff translated into English.


  1. #1 Robert
    July 20, 2009

    He discovered peas? Huh. 🙂

  2. #2 Coturnix
    July 20, 2009

    He also visualized whirled peas, I hear 😉

  3. #3 MadScientist
    July 20, 2009

    Like Robert, I dispute the assertion that Gregor Mendel discovered peas.

    It does seem rather strange that it took so long for someone to say “hey, look, the progenitors have an effect on the offspring” even though I’d be surprized if people hadn’t been commenting about how much so-and-so’s son looked like the butcher/milkman/parish priest even before Mendel’s discovery.

  4. #4 Gerry L
    July 20, 2009

    And famous for being born exactly 147 years before human walked on the moon.

  5. #5 wrpd
    July 21, 2009

    “Like Robert, I dispute the assertion that Gregor Mendel discovered peas.”

    Were you there when they were discovered? I didn’t think so. They aren’t mentioned in the Bible, so they weren’t
    around 2,000 years ago. That settles it for me.

  6. #6 Nathan Myers
    July 21, 2009

    He dug up peas. And genetics. He dug up genetics too.

  7. #7 Tom McFadden
    July 21, 2009

    in his honor…

  8. #8 catgirl
    July 21, 2009

    Gregor Mendel is one of my favorite scientists. I don’t really know why, but I admire him more than anyone else. I feel like he is often under-estimated and overshadowed by other scientists like Einstein, Darwin, and the Curies. His experiments were so simple and revealed so much. Amazingly, he discovered all this before we even knew for sure that DNA was the unit of inheritance. His work set up ideas for so many scientists who followed him.