At Mendeley, we took the inspiration for our name from Gregor Mendel, so it’s only proper that we would take a moment to recognize him on this day, the 189th anniversary of his birth. There’s also been a lot of attention given to the use and misuse of the word hacker in the news recently, so we also wanted to take a step back and recognize that creative spark and that terminal curiosity that drives people like Mendel to study obscure phenomena until they get to the hidden universal truths found within.Read More »
Back during the conceptual phase of the service, Jan, Paul, and Victor were thinking about what to call their product. The working name at the time was “Literacula”, because it sucked the metadata right out of PDFs.
While this was a descriptive name, it was eventually decided that it was far too silly. No one would take them seriously with a silly name like that. What they needed was a distinguished name, a dignified one, steeped in the long history of science. Considering famous scientists through history and the work they’ve done, two names in particular came to mind.
The first person, Mendeleev, was well known for being the one who started a systematization and organization of the elemental forms of matter, eventually coming up with the scaffold of the periodic table, which through its structure allowed patterns to be found and gaps in knowledge to be inferred. This sounded like just the sort of images they wanted to evoke.
The next name was similar – Gregor Mendel, who, despite being a lone monk far from the official walls and financial support of of the academy, was able through careful and diligent study of the humble pea plant to uncover the rules of heredity, the foundation of genetics and one of the most important discoveries science has made to this day. This helped convey their strong support for open access and making the world’s knowledge available outside of institutional walls.
Now, even though Mendeley seems like a distinguished and memorable name, some users – when they hear about “Mendeley” – accidentally misspell it slightly, which can lead to interesting results.
So having had a look at our logs, and speaking from our own experience, here are the 5 most popular misspellings of Mendeley.