History of Forensics

Events

Earliest Record of Forensic Science

201 AD - 300 AD

3rd century China

Arsenic Tests

1775

Carl Scheele conducted tests to detect Arsenic in corpses

Mathieu Orilla

1814

Published article on detection of poison and its effects

Invention of Polarizing Microscope

1828

Helped people discover more physical evidence

Bertillon's System

1850 - 1860

Alphonse Bertillon introduced this system, forming a new branch of forensics; Anthropometry

Photographs

1850 - 1860

Allowed for more accurate reading

Sherlock Holmes

1887 - 1893

This figure influenced crime television shows, like CSi, and this led people to be interested in forensic science.

ABO Blood Typing

1901

Karl Landsteiner discovered that there are many different blood types

Will West Case

1903

This led to an end to Anthropometry and led to the use of fingerprinting.

Locard's Exchange Principle

1913

A principle by Edmond Locard which says that a perpetrator of a crime can bring something into a crime scene and leave with something from it. "cross-transfer" This was used to find evidence

Los Angeles Police Department Crime Lab

1923

The first in the United States