"Gregor Johann Mendel" was a German language/German-speaking Moravian scientist and Augustinians/Augustinian friar who gained posthumous fame as the founder of the modern science of genetics. Though farmers had known for centuries that crossbreeding of animals and plants could favor certain desirable trait (biological)/traits, Mendel's pea plant experiments conducted between 1856 and 1863 established many of the rules of biological inheritance/heredity, now referred to as the laws of Mendelian inheritance.
Mendel worked with seven characteristics of pea plants: plant height, pod shape and color, seed shape and color, and flower position and color. With seed color, he showed that when a yellow pea and a green pea were bred together their offspring plant was always yellow. However, in the next generation of plants, the green peas reappeared at a ratio of 1:3. To explain this phenomenon, Mendel coined the terms “Dominance (genetics)/recessive” and “Dominance (genetics)/dominant” in reference to certain traits. (In the preceding example, green peas are recessive and yellow peas are dominant.) He published his work in 1866, demonstrating the actions of invisible “factors”—now called genes—in providing for visible traits in predictable ways.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous scientists! More Gregor Mendel on Wikipedia.