Google Doodle Botanist: Gregor Mendel 189th Celebration

One of our favorite subjects we enjoy writing about, has got to be Google Doodles which can frequently be seen on the search engine’s homepage. To celebrate an individual’s birthday, anniversary, an event on the yearly calendar and so on, new re-designed logos some of which can be interactive or animated, can be viewed along with the meaning behind them. Today is no exception, as you enter onto the homepage you will be greeted with the word Google spelt out in the shape of peas!

What does this symbolize we can hear you asking? Today we are celebrating the Austrian botanist and monk George Mendel and what would have been his 189th birthday. Mendel who according to ibnlive.in.com, was born July 20th 1822 in Heinzendorf, Austria where he was given his birth name of Johann, this was to change to Gregor when he joined a monastery.

The Doodle today with its inclusion of peas, is sparked from Gregor’s work in which he studied the anatomy and physiology of plants under his mentor Franz Unger at the monastery in which he resided. Ok, so the Doodle could have been made up of perhaps another plant, but the pea plant was used as one of Gregor’s first experiments. Amazingly, between the dates of 1856 and 1863, Mendel cultivated and studied some 29,000 different pea plants.

In turn after studying the plant and its certain traits, the Law of Segregation and Independent Assortment was reached, which in turn was changed to another name, that of Mendel’s Laws of Inheritance.

But it wasn’t to stop there, his experiments then turned to the use of honeybees. It was only after his death on January 6th 1884 at the age of 61, that his work was quite rightly recognised. With genetic experimentation and statistical analysis under his belt, Mendel was known to all as the “Father of Modern Genetics.” Head on over to wikipedia to find out more on the man who was to shape science.

Check out some of the other Google Doodles that we’ve reported on, some of our favorites have included the Les Paul (Guitar Hero) interactive Doodle, Robert Bunsen‘s 200th birthday with his bunsen burner invention and Roger Hargreaves author of the Mr Men.

Tell us if you like today’s pea Google Doodle, have you got a favorite?