De Vries

Hugo De Vries


Hugo De Vries was a Dutch botanist and one of the first geneticists. He was born on February 16, 1848 and died at the age 87 on May 21, 1935.

He accepted Darwin’s thesis that descent with modification is the main law of nature in the organic world but he need to find out how could the wide differences between species be produced. Then, he found that redder tulips produced many new varieties in his experimental gardens. He called it a “mutation”.


I actually don’t understand how they just look at the flowers and know things. Whenever I look at the flower, all I know is “It is beautiful!” or “It smell good!”

Are they genius or I’m just not intelligent enough…?



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