Galton Institute Mendel Essay Prize 2016

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Gregor Mendel William Bateson

The Galton Institute recently announced an Essay Prize for A-level students on any aspect of the life, work and/or legacy of Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics.

The year 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of Mendel’s first public communication of his work on the breeding of peas, which defined the inheritance laws we now refer to as Mendelian inheritance. A year later, on 8 February 1866, Mendel published his findings in the Proceedings of the Natural History Society of Brünn.

The judges were most impressed by the quality of all the entries and found it difficult to choose the top three.   After much discussion, the following results were agreed:

1st     Harry Pendlebury (St Mary’s College, Liverpool)
2nd   Laura Cooper (Stockport Grammar School)
3rd    Laura Fitzgerald (Withington Girls’ School, Manchester)

Congratulations to all.

 
Harry Pendlebury

Harry Pendlebury

Laura Cooper

Laura Cooper

Laura Fitzgerald

Laura Fitzgerald