Forensics Timeline

Events

Polarized Light Microscope

1590

Microscopic Detection of Sperm

1677

Karl Wilhelm Scheele

1770

Discovered Oxygen

Valentin Ross

1806

Discovered how to detect poison in someone's stomach

James Marsh

1836

Marsh test which detects arsenic

Mathieu Orfilla

1840

Founder of Toxicology.

Hans Gross

1893

Handbook for Magistrate, police official, and military policemen. (Birth of Criminalistics)

Karl Landsteiner

1900

First scientist to analyze blood types A, B, and O.

First Presumptive test of blood

1903

Albert Osborn

1910

Released his book, Questioned documents

Edmond Locard

1910

First police lab

Alfonse Bertillon

1912

Invented the mugshot. Created an ID system based on physical measurements.

First Crime Lab

1923

Walter McCrone

1960

Founded the McCrone Research Istitute