History of Forensics

Events

Microscope

1590

The Microscope is discovered allowing for the discovery of more physical 
evidence

inheritance Powder

1775

Test developed by Carl W. Scheele to detect Arsenic in corpses

Polarizing Microscope

1828

The Polarizing microscope is invented

Photographs

1850

Photography began to be used a evidence in cases

Bertillon System (anthropometry)

1879 - 1903

System that identifies people by physical appearance, eventually placed by Fingerprinting

ABO Blood Typing

1901

Karl Landsteiner discovered ABO Blood typing

Questioned Documents

1910

Albert Osborn Made the "Questioned Documents"

Locards Exchange

1913

Edmon Locard proposed that when two objects touch each other a cross transfer of material occurs. Therefore one can link a suspect to a crime scene with this form of evidence.

LAPD Crime Lab established

1923

The Los Angeles Police Department Crime Lab is established. Making this the first crime lab in the United States.

University of California at Berkeley Criminalistics Department

1930

The department is established and lead by Dr. Paul Kirk

FBI National Laboratory

1932

The Federal Bureau Institution laboratory is opened under Director J. Edgar Hoover

FBI Forensic Science Research & Training Center

1981

The Forensic Science Research&Training center opens