Today is the 189th birthday of Gregor Mendel and Google has paid homage to him by creating their logo in a pea theme.
Gregor Mendel was the father of the science of genetics. He studied the inheritance of certain traits that were found in peas. He was an Augustinian Friar living in Austria when he started his study of the humble pea.
As with many great thinkers his research was not recognized until after his death. At the turn of the 20th century his research was rediscovered and this was the beginning of modern science of genetics.
The knowledge of genetics has helped many around the world including those interested in genealogy.