The History of Forensic Science

Events

Carl W. Scheele

1775

Carl W. Scheele created a test to detect arsenic in corpses by conducting an experiment with pigs to figure out which pigs had clear or smoky lungs.

Scientific inventions

1800 - 1809

During this time, many medical advancements allowed people to indicate cause of death with new tools that came about.

Valentin Ross

1806

Valentin Ross was a German chemist who made the discovery of finding small amounts of arsenic.

Mathiue Orfila

1814

Also known as the "father of toxicology", he helped out during the Age of Poisons epidemic in France.

Microscopes

1828

The polarizing microscope was made to create an illumination for transmitting light.

Photography

1850 - 1860

The use of photography became astonishing when using it as evidence.

Alphonse Bertillon

1879

He introduced the Bertillon's system.

First Criminal Investigation book

1893

The first criminal investigation book using forensic science was published by the author Hans Gross

Karl Landsteiner

1901

Karl Landsteiner created the ABO blood typing.

Will West case

1903

This case broke down the Bertillon's system when two men had the same identical measurements.

LAPD

1923

The first crime lab opens in the United States In Los Angeles.

FBI lab

1932

The FBI national laboratory opens.

Walter McCrone

2000 - 2009

He is the Father of Modern Microscopy.