Sunday, 20 March 2011

Gregor Mendel and Peas and Bees

The latest addition to My Favourite Scientist is a video about Gregor Mendel.

A monk doing science years before his time, he studied the likes of bees and pea plants.

His findings made him the true grandfather of genetics.

He was "chosen" as a favourite scientist by Yvonne Barnett, a pro vice-chancellor at Nottinghm Trent University.

Here's the video:

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Brady. You really made this man look human. All my life I thought he must be a wizened old man with a long beard and a perpetual frown dressed in long gray robes. Now he seems like a guy whom I would like to know, especially when I learned that he was a beekeeper :)

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  2. Wonderful...I remember learning about Gregor Mendel when I was a boy and how important his studies were and are...and I love that so many, long ago like Mendel, were just natural scientists because of their natural curiosity that had to be satisfied somehow...Thank you!

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  3. i hate him........he spent all his life growing pisum sativum(garden peas), and i have wasted one year of my life reading about him for my board exams

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  4. Something the video left out...in Mendel's day peas were one of the most important staple crops and many peoples' diets relied heavily on peas. I think that is one of the reasons that he chose to study peas.

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