Forensic Science Timeline

Events

Carl W. Scheele

1775

Scheele created a test which could detect the chemical called Arsenic

Valentin Ross

1806

Perfected Scheele's test on how to detect Arsenic. People could now detect small amounts of Arsenic.

Mathieu Orilla

1814

Known as the "Father of Forensic Toxicology", Orilla published a document on the detection of poisons and their effects

Polarized Microscope

1828

The first polarized microscope is invented

Blood Test

1863

The fist blood test is used in court

Bertillon's System

1879

Took measurements of peoples lymph nodes and other features to identify people (precursor to finger print identification)

Jack the Ripper

1888

Jack the Ripper, the serial killer, terrorized the city of London

Karl Landsteiner

1901

Landsteiner discovers the ABO blood type

Will West Case

1903

Two people who had identical facial features and measurements were arrested in the same prison. This revealed that the Bertillon system was truly inadequate.

Locard's Exchange Principle

1913

Locard's Exchange Principle states that when two objects come in contact with one another, a cross transfer of materials occurs

Walter McCrone

1916 - 2002

Was a leading expert of microscopy

LAPD Crime Lab

1923

Firsts crime lab in the U.S.A

FBI National Laboratory

1932

FBI National Laboratory opens under J. Edger Hoover