Forensics Historical Timeline

Events

1st record of forensic science (China)

201 AD - 300 AD

Arsenic detection test

1775

Carl W. Scheele devised a test to detect Arsenic in corpses

Invention of a more precise detection of Arsenic in corpses

1806

Mathieu Orilla's article about detection of poisons and its effects

1814

Invention of polarizing microscope

1828

First microscopic detection of sperm

1839

1st use of toxicological evidence in criminal trial

1839

1st presumptive test for blood

1863

Introduction of anthropometry

1879

Influence of Sherlock Holmes

1887 - 1893

"Jack the Ripper" terrorizes London

1888

"Criminal Investigation" by Hans Gross

1893

Karl Landsteiner discovers ABO blood typing

1901

Will West case

1903

"Questioned Documents" (handwriting analysis) published by Albert Osborn

1910

Locard's Exchange Principle by Edmond Locard

1913

Los Angeles PD Crime Lab

1923

First in the USA

University of California- Berkeley Criminalistics Department

1930

FBI National Laboratory opens under J. Edgar Hoover

1932

FBI Forensic Science Research and Training center opens

1981