Mendel Day 2021
Although Masaryk University is quintessentially linked to the traditions and ethos of the First Czechoslovak Republic, as represented by the lifelong work of its namesake, Tomáš G. Masaryk, its scientific ambitions are rooted in earlier research efforts in nineteenth-century Brno. Certainly the most extraordinary of figures in this area was Gregor Johann Mendel (1822–1884), naturalist and abbot of the Augustinian monastery in Old Brno, who is known to whole world as the founder of genetics. His discoveries of the principles of heredity are regarded as groundbreaking acts that are among the greatest scientific achievements of the modern era.
Exactly 156 years ago, on 8 March 1865, Gregor Johann Mendel presented the results of his experiments on plant hybrids. His colleagues from the Society of Natural Society were hardly as impressed as they might have been, had they but known they were witnessing the announcement of one of the greatest discoveries in the history of mankind.
To commemorate the occasion, Masaryk University Press has prepared a special Mendel Day 2021 sale on Mendel-related books until Sunday March the 14th.