Scientists and their Discoveries: Gregor Mendel
During the nineteenth century, an Austrian friar named Gregor Mendel discovered that invisible factors, now called genes, determined the traits of an organism. Mendel found that certain traits passed down from parents were either dominant or recessive, and that patterns of trait inheritance could be reliably predicted. His work was little noticed until the early twentieth century, when other scientists, working independently, replicated his work. Mendels life and accomplishments are detailed in this book.