Forensics

Events

Babylon

500 Bc

fingerprints are used on clay tablets for business transactions

Erasistratus (Greece)

250

ancient Greek physician, observes that his patients' pulse rates increase when they tell him lies. This is supposed to be the first lie detection test.

Hsi Duan Yu (China)

1248

The Chinese book Hsi Duan Yu (the Washing away of Wrong), describes how to distinguish drowning from strangulation, the first recorded application of medical knowledge to the solution of crime.The book becomes an official text for coroners

William Nicol (Britain)

1851

Invents the polarizing light microscope better known as Nicol Prism

Cesare Lombroso (Italy)

1880

Applies a mechanical device to measure changes in blood volume to discover physiological changes associated with lying

FBI (U.S)

1908

The FBI Originates from a force of special agents created in 1908 by attorney general Charles Bonaparte

Alec Jeffries (U.S)

1985

DNA profiling, based on typing individual highly variable minisatellites in the human genome,

Florida V Tommy Lee Andrews (U.S)

1988

DNA's first used in a criminal court case in florida

DNA Database (UK)

1995

The Worlds first national dna database commences operation in UK