How Hawkweed Confounded the Father of Genetics for 7 Years

Gregor Johann Mendel was an Austrian monk who gained posthumous recognition as the Father of Modern Genetics. He came from a family with limited financial means, so in order to pursue his education he opted to become a novitiate of the Augustinian order in 1843, moving to Brünn in Moravia (now part of modern day Czech Republic). (Ref 1)

Gregor Mendel. Source: Archive.org. Mendel’s Principles of Heredity: A Defence, by William Bateson, published 1902. In the public domain.

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