@SZapper - You are right he probably was disappointed. But it is my understanding that mendel was a monk and that his early genetic experiments came out of a fascination of the natural world that he believed to be an act of creation. So perhaps he was motivated by a higher cause than most scientists. I would like to think that he worried about larger things than respect from the scientific community. But who knows what was going on inside Mendel's head. He was obviously a complicated guy.