Rediscovery (1900–1901)


He was over the stepping-stones and away, scrambling up the further bank whilst the Biometricians, chiding, were still negotiating the difficulties of the first step.

Beatrice Bateson, Memoir

The “rediscovery” of the work of Gregor Mendel has often been related. There is no unanimous agreement on the exact chain of events. It appears that around 1900 a friend of de Vries, knowing that he had been crossing varieties of plants and observing the distribution of characters among offspring, sent him a copy of Mendel's 1866 paper [1–3]. Before the era of easy copying, the paper may have been one of the original offprints the publisher had made available to Mendel to distribute as he chose [4]. Two other botanists, Correns in Leipzig and Tschermak in Vienna, independently came across the paper. Mendel's work was mentioned by de Vries in his “Sur la Loi de Disjunction des Hybrides,” published in the French journal Comptes Rendus. There was also a paper in Berichte der Deutsche Botanishe...


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