Gregor Mendel’s Grant Proposal Rejection

Gregor MendelVia Thoreau, I see this oldie-but-goodie [PDF] in which the application of a Gregor J. Mendel for a modest grant  to investigate the assortment of traits in the common garden pea is summarily rejected because he is unfamiliar with previous literature, the unlikelihood that the pea is a good subject, and the fact that Mendel lacks an advanced degree and an adequate publication record.

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  1. DL says:

    Expected -he was a Catholic priest(?).