Forensics History Timeline

Events

Inheritance Powder

1775

Carl W. Scheele devised a test for detecting Arsenic in powder

Valentin Ross

1806

discovered more precise method for detecting small amounts of Arsenic

Mathieu Orilla

1814

'Father of Forensic Toxicology' published article on detection of poisons

Polarizing Microscope Invented

1828

Irst microscope

1839

Detection of Sperm

Toxicological Evidence

1839

1st use of toxicological evidence in criminal trial

Photographs

1850 - 1860

Allowed more accurate recording

Blood Test

1863

1st presumptive test for blood

Alphonse Bertillion (French)

1879

Introduced the Bertillon system which is used for identifying people by their physical appearance

Sherlock Holmes

1887 - 1893

Jack the Ripper

1888

London terrorized by serial killer

Criminal Investigation

1893

1st book of criminal investigations using forensic science

ABO Blood Typing

1901

Karl Landsteiner

Will West Cas

1903

Case of misidentification between two people

Questioned Documents

1910

Published by Albert Osborn

Locard's Exchange Principle by Edmond Locard

1913

When 2 objects come into contact with each other, a cross‑transfer of material occurs that can connect a criminal suspect to the victim or the crime scene.

Los Angeles PD Crime Lab

1923

University of California at Berkeley Criminialistics

1930

Led by Dr. Paul Kirk

FBI National Laboratory

1932

Opens under Director J. Edgar Hoover

FBI Forensic Science Research & Training Center

1981