Gregor Johann Mendel – Father of Modern Genetics and his Life Lessons


Gregor Johann Mendel – Father of Modern Genetics and his Life Lessons

Whenever people, on an extensive scale, discuss deeply or even initiate and engage in propaganda to promote the contributions or ideals of certain personalities in some sort of public platforms, I automatically get these thoughts: Why, all of a sudden, are most people talking about a personality who long back had passed away? Why weren’t the contributions or ideals celebrated as they are being now than when the respective individuals were alive? What kinds of circumstances are making most people hand-pick such persons, regard them in high esteem, debate their works and eventually term them to be momentous?

Of late, by chance, I revisited the news of exposition of Gregor Johann Mendel’s paper on genetics, ‘Experiments on plant hybridization’, which many of us would still be remembering of having a brief outlook, on this greatest path-breaking experiment, in our school studies. For me, by then in my schooldays, the chapters comprising Mendel’s works in my Botany book were a piece of information meant for knowledge acquisition and of course, to effectively reproduce my comprehensions in the examinations. But now with my view, which I have garnered reading the societies’ behavior in recognizing the contributions or discoveries of individuals, it appears apparently to me that rather than primarily focusing on one’s deeds with an intention of receiving instant recognition, one’s active and an honest participation in one’s own passion is what that counts a lot.

If not Mendel’s passionate pull towards his experimentation, amidst his pastoral duties in church, related to plant hybridization then there wouldn’t have been presentations about his findings as a paper, ‘Experiments on plant hybridization’ at two meetings of the Natural History Society of Brno in Moravia in 1865. As an immediate follow-up to the presentation, despite the recognition being minimal, reports in local newspapers showcased his discovery. Thereby, in 1990, independent rediscoveries of Mendel’s works on genetics by Erich Von Tschermak, Hugo de Vries, Carl Correns and William Jasper Spillman conceded Mendel’s priority. At a later time, the scientific fraternity went on to claim Mendel as the ‘Father of Modern Genetics’. These historical events clearly suggest that Gregor Johann Mendel was indeed phenomenal in ensuring a breakthrough in his topmost priority i.e. his work related to genetics and keeping secondary the process of promoting his research which was not noticed significantly then. Likewise, one’s passion should be fed by providing well defined results driven by an uncompromising effort by the corresponding person. If not an instant recognition, there are high chances for the outcome to gain prominence when a need arises for the value of the content at some point of time, in future.

Isn’t it essential to know about the history, prior to the British Raj, to have a deliberation on the contemporary society?


Isn’t it essential to know about the history, prior to the British Raj, to have a deliberation on the contemporary society?

For a person to dissect the issues, which have been plaguing his/her society for a longer time period, it is unarguably essential for the person to garner insights about the root cause of such issues. What if the root cause had originated in an era that is prior to the British Raj? So, isn’t it absolutely necessary to dig further into that era to unearth the dark history of his/her ancestors?

A cursory view at the pre-British Raj era suggests us that by then a plot was perfectly set in a ruthless manner to rip off the birth rights of an innocent society. People, who were, by themselves belonging to the land and, meant to protect the fellow people, offer them their rights, educate them dutifully, patronize their culture, literature and language were pathetically not so. In the literal sense, rulers with the advice of the priesthood did allow the categorization of the people on the basis of their birth. In other words, it was an act of proffering an ample space to the ‘concerned’ to unleash an absolute ‘degradation’ of the fellow citizens.

This practice by the rulers had continued across dynasties (Both, who were belonging to the land and were alien to it). What the innocent minds could have done with no education and thereby, fewer outlooks, then? Eventually, it led to the dilution of the self-respect among the people. If not the rise of few selfless leaders, at a later point of time, few among us wouldn’t have ‘woken’. Even in the current day scenario, the act of ‘invasiveness’ and the tendency of remaining subjugated that was sown in the mind-sets of our ancestors, over a period of time, still seems to prevail among many of us. So, isn’t it essential to know about the history, prior to the British Raj, to have a deliberation on the contemporary society and remain ‘woken’ forever?