The Augustinian Legacy and Gregor Mendel
As an Augustinian institution, Villanova is a proud custodian of the legacy of Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics and the first to apply knowledge of mathematics to a biological problem. The discoveries of this 19th-century Augustinian friar and scientist have helped to shape the world’s understanding of genes, crossbreeding and heredity.
He is the namesake of the Mendel Medal, and of Villanova’s state-of-the-art Mendel Science Center. Throughout the years, Villanova has conferred the Mendel Medal on Nobel laureates, medical researchers and other scientific pioneers to recognize their accomplishments and religious convictions.