History of Forensic Science

Events

Earliest Record of Application of Forensic Science

200 BC

Valentin Ross discovered more precise method for detecting small amounts of Arsenic

1806

Mathieu Orilla aka 'Father of Forensic  Toxicology' published article on detection of poisons and effects

1814

Polarizing Microscope Invented

1828

First Microscopic Detection of Sperm

1839

1st use of toxicological evidence in criminal trial

1839

Photographs

1850 - 1860

1st presumptive test for blood

1863

Alphonse Bertillon introduced the Bertillon's  system (aka Anthropometry)

1879

ABO blood typing discovered by Karl Landsteiner

1901

Fingerprinting

1903

Locard's Exchange Principle by Edmond Locard

1913

Los Angeles PD Crime Lab

1923

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

1930

FBI National Laboratory opens under Director J. Edgar  Hoover

1932

FBI Forensic Science Research & Training Center opens

1981