"Giants" In Genetics: Gregor Mendel and Reginald Punnett

Gregor Mendel

Gregor Mendel discovered the laws of inheritance. He deduced that genes come in pairs and are inherited as distinct units, one from each parent. He tracked the segregation of parental genes and their appearance in the offspring as dominant or recessive traits.

Saw that living things pass traits to the next generation by something which remains unchanged in successive generations of an organism.

He is recognized as the father of genetics.

Reginald Punnett

Reginald Punnett published the first account of gene linkage in sweet peas and Punnett developed the "Punnett Square" to depict the number and variety of genetic combinations.

He did some research and learned about genes and he also invented the Punnet Square that went along with genetics, dominant and recessive genes, and how they are passed down to offspring.