Thomas Knight

Thomas Andrew Knight (1759 - 1838)

Knight, like Gregor Mendel, observed mixed ratios in the offspring of crosses between peas with different phenotypes, but unlike Mendel did not count the numerical results. Knight was well-known as a horticulturist, and is cited extensively in Darwin's "Variation in Plants and Animals" for his work on animal and plant and hybrids, but not on peas. Knight's work is discussed by Conrad Zirkle as one of Mendel's intellectual predecessors.

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