Modern science would be no where without Gregor Mendel, named the father of genetics, he pioneered the way we look at our genetics. With an assortment of peas in the shape of the Google logo, the Austrian botanist and monk is celebrating his 189th birthday.
Born on July 20, 1822 in Heinzendorf, Austria as Johann Mendel he was given his current name when he joined a monastery as a novitiate of the Augustinian order. As a monk and scientist he Gregor studied physics and mathematics in Vienna, he also studied anatomy and physiology of plants as a student under botanist Franz Unger.
His history began with plant hybridization, the reason for the pea plants in the design has to do with his experimentation choice. His experiments led him to formulate the Law of Segregation and the Law of Independent Assortment, which later became known as Mendel’s Laws of Inheritance.
It was only after his death, in the early 20th century, that the importance of his works was realized.