Gregor Johann Mendel had a definite interest in living objects even in his early life. His father had a great love for plants and this undoubtedly influenced Mendel. As he grew older, he became interested in plant hybridization.
After having his school education, Mendel later had a two-year university course in philosophy. He then entered a monastery, which was a religious community near Briinn, Austria (now, Brno, Czech) and continued his interest in plant hybridization. In 1849, Mendel got a temporary position in a school and after having done it for a year, he had courses in science and mathematics at University of Vienna. This enabled him to design and analyse precise experimental work, which he conducted at the monastery.
In 1854, Mendel again took up the job of a teacher and continued there for fourteen years. During this period, he had time for his experiments, particularly during summer and was allowed space in the monastery garden. His famous garden pea experiments were carried out durin'g this period.