Simon Mawer, author of Mendel’s Dwarf and Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics
Simon Mawer is a best-selling author of 10 novels and two nonfiction books who has frequently delved into genetics and the work of Gregor Mendel in his writing.
Mawer’s fourth novel, Mendel’s Dwarf, which was published in 1997, is the story of Mendel’s great-great-great nephew, a brilliant geneticist who sets out to target the gene that caused his dwarfism. The book named a top-10 finalist for the Booker Prize and was listed as a New York Times “Book to Remember” for 1998.
Mawer, who holds a biology degree from Oxford University, also wrote Gregor Mendel, Planting the Seeds of Genetics, a nonfiction work published in 2006. His other books have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Novels and the Wingate Prize, been adapted for the stage, and been considered for film adaptations.