Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gregor Mendel

Born July 20, 1822

Gregor Mendel was a hero of mine in my childhood. This was not because I cared deeply about genetics, but about science. Mendel's theories coupled with Charles Darwin's theories would be a revelation to any child seeking knowledge. I never really liked the biography of Darwin much but I was inspired by Mendel. Many religious figures of the 19th century had the resources, time, and freedom to think. This was a rarety in that era but it is not in our own. Yet, sadly...