Educated at the Kiev Agricultural Institute, Lysenko proceeded to work at an agricultural experimentation station in Azerbaijan. In 1928, he published a paper on 'vernalization' which would have a major impact on Soviet agricultural policies for years to come. He won the support of Stalin and other Soviet leaders and it wasn't until the fall of Kruschev in 1964 that Lysenko was finally discredited. All of his theories and approaches have since been disproved, nevertheless, he did have an impact on agriculture in the Soviet Union insofar as he motivated the peasants to return to farming. In 1941, Lysenko was awarded the Stalin Prize. He rejected Mendelian genetics and was an adherent of Michurin who advocated hybridization. For years, Lysenko was the director of the Institute of Genetics and in that position he was directly responsible for the imprisonment of many noted scientists.
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