Interesting Facts About Gregor Mendel

Interesting Facts About Gregor Mendel

Gregor Mendel was born in Austria in 1822 in a small town called Heinzendorf. In the present times, this town is now a part of Czech Republic. Both his parents were farmers, and that is why he had a unique interest in plants. Here are some interesting facts about Gregor Mendel.

He studied at the University of Vienna from 1851 to 1853. He studied zoology, botany, history, mathematics and physics. Later, in the same site as the university, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology was founded in the year 2000.

Gregor Mendel’s favorite plant was the pea plant. However, the main reason that he selected the pea plant for doing his experiments was its short life cycle. It was easier to study the pea plant than any other plant. Also, the traits of pea plants were visible to the naked eye.

Mendel was also conducting experiments on animal simultaneously with plants. Since it was very difficult to control the mating behavior of animals, he gave up the idea to study them.

Mendel also studied beekeeping, and studied the behavior of honey bees even as a child. After having studied the pea plant for several years, Mendel suddenly decided he wanted to pursue with the honeybees.

Mendel always recorded even the slightest observation he made. He later named them all Mendel’s Inheritance Theory. He named his first paper as Experiments on Plant Hybridization. This paper was included in the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.

Mendel died in the year 1884. His abbot burnt the papers on genetics that were created by him. Gregor Mendel’s last words were “"My scientific studies have afforded me great gratification; and I am convinced that it will not be long before the whole world acknowledges the results of my work."

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