A Farmer's Son
The Czech Republic consists of three regions, prominent Bohemia as well as mineral-rich Silesia and charming Moravia, the birth, study and work places of Gregor Mendel. The humble genius was born into a family of farmers in the tiny village Hynčice in Silesia in 1822. He was the only surviving son, having one older and one younger sister. Recognized as an exceptionally bright students, he was sent to complete high school in Opava, which became a part of a congested industrial area along with the region's capital of Ostrava.
Photo: Gregor Mendel's two sisters, Veronika (elder) on the right and Theresa (younger) on the left with Theresa's husband, Leopold Schindler, in the middle
Photo credit: Gregor Mendel and the Roots of Genetics by Edward Edelson