Gregor Mendel and the Discovery of the Gene
Gregor Mendel was one of the first people to practice the science of what we now call genetics. Yet he wasn t even a scientist. He was an obscure monk living in poverty. His work was tedious and demanding. Although he published several papers describing his research, few people read them. Gregor Mendel was ahead of his time. His fame would not arrive until he was long dead. Although Mendel did not live long enough to see his work recognized, his experiments put him on the same level with the most celebrated scientists of all time.