History of Forensic

Events

Detecting Arsenic

1775

Carl W. Scheele devised a test that detected arsenic in a rotting corpses

Advancement in Detecting Arsenic

1806

Valenti Ross discovered a more precise way to diagnose someone who died from arsenic

Atlas of Poisons

1814

Mathieu Orilla published an atlas on poisons and their effects on the body.

Polarizing Microscope

1828

Created by Andrew Ross, the microscope opened up techniques in new areas for the future development of light microscopy.

California Department

1830

University of California at Berkeley Criminaiistics Department led by Dr. Paul Kirk

Microscopic Sperm

1839

The first detection of sperm under a microscope

Toxicological Evidence

1839

The first time toxicological evidence was used in a crime scene

Photograph

1850

This helped with making crime scenes more detailed than drawings or writing down the details.

Blood Test

1863

The first test for blood

Anthropometry

1879

Alphonse Bertillon introduced the Bertillon's system which said that no two people's measurements were the exact same.

Sherlock Holmes

1887 - 1893

Sherlock was fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who influenced modern crime shows today

Jack the Ripper

1888

Jack the Ripper started to terrorize London

Criminal Investigation

1893

Hans Gross wrote the first book about investigation using forensic science called, "Criminal Investigation".

ABO Blood Typing

1901

Karl Landsteiner discovered the type of blood such as A+,B-, or O+.

End of Anthropometry

1903

In the Will West Case, the Bertillon system misidentified two men who had nearly the same measurements.

"Questioned Documents"

1910

Published by Albert Osborn which included handwriting analysis.

Lacard's Exchange Principle

1913

When two objects came into contact, a cross-transfer of materials occurs that can prove that the suspect or victim was at the crime scene.

Los Angeles PD Crime Lab

1923

it was the first FBI laboratory in the U.S.A.

FBI National Laboratory

1932

First National Laboratory opens under Director J. Edgar Hoover

Training Center

1981

FBI Forensic Science Research and Training Center opens up