Earliest application of forensic science using pigs.
Test for Detecting Arsenic
Carl. W. Scheele, a Swedish chemist, devised a test for detecting Arsenic in corpses.
Precise Method for Arsenic Detection
Valentin Ross, a German scientist, discovered a more precise way for detecting small amounts of Arsenic.
Father of Forensic Toxicology
Mathieu Orilla, a Spanish scientist known as the "Father of Forensic Toxicology", published an article on poison detection and its effects.
The first polarizing microscope was invented.
The first use of toxicological evidence in a criminal trial.
Detection of Sperm
The first detection of sperm on a microscope occurred.
Photography in Forensics
1850 - 1860
Photographs allowed for more accurate recordings in cases.
The first presumptive test for blood was created.
Alphonse Bertillon, a French scientist, introduced a system for identifying people by their physical appearance.
1887 - 1893
The most influential fictional character that has shaped modern day CSI TV shows.
Jack the Ripper
London terrorized by the notorious serial killer, "Jack the Ripper".
Hans Gross, an Austrian scientist, published "Criminal Investigation", the first book of criminal investigation using forensic science.
ABO Blood Typing
ABO Blood Typing discovered by scientist named Karl Landsteiner.
20th Century Forensics Findings
1901 - 2000
Walter McCrone, known as the Father of Modern Microscopy, was a highly accomplished American chemist at this time.
Will West Case
Led to the end of Anthropometry because of the case misidentification of two men whose Bertillon's measurement were nearly identical.
"Questioned Documents", also known as handwritng analysis, was published by Albert Osborn.
Locard's Exchange Principle
A French scientist named Edmond Locard created a principle that states when 2 objects come into contact with each other, a cross transfer of materials can connect a criminal suspect to the victim or crime scene.
Los Angeles PD Crime Lab
The Los Angeles Police Department Crime Lab was the first crime lab in the United States.
University of California-Berkeley
The University of California at Berkeley Criminalistics Department was lead by Dr. Paul Kirk.
FBI National Laboratory
The FBI National Laboratory opens under the director J. Edgar Hoover.
Opening of Forensic Science and Research Center
The FBI Forensic Science Research and Training Center opens.