The Mendel Walk Vienna: Stop 3, Mendel the Science Student

School for Mendel was a lot like school today. Mendel, who is known today as the father of genetics, was a young monk with a knack for biology. He registered for college courses, just like students today. Documents show that he studied physics, biology, mathematics and chemistry. On this part of the tour, Barbara Fischer, University of Vienna, give us access to Mendel’s class work and we discover…

  • Mendel failed to get certified as a teacher in part because of a harsh evaluation from one of his examiners.
  • Mendel learned controversial ideas about evolutionary history that were at odds with his role as a Catholic Augustinian monk.

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