The earliest record of application of forensic science took place in 3rd century in China
Guilty people would confess under
torture, while God would give an
innocent person the strength to
resist the pain.
Carl W. Scheele devised a test for detecting Arsenic in corpses, commonly known as Inheritance Powder
Valentin Ross (German) discovered more precise
method for detecting small amounts of Arsenic
Mathieu Orilla (Spanish) aka 'Father of Forensic
Toxicology' published article on detection of poisons and
These allowed more accurate recording
Alphonse Bertillon (French) introduced the Bertillon's system (aka Anthropometry)
The most inluential ictional character created
by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; his inluence
can be compared to that of the modern CSI shows today.
London terrorized by a serial killer "Jack the Ripper"
"Criminal Investigation" by Hans Gross (Austrian)
published; the 1st book of criminal investigation using forensic science
He is referred to as the 'Father of Modern Microscopy'
ABO blood typing was discovered by Karl Landsteiner
Case of misidentiication of two men whose
Bertillon's measurements were nearly identical which led to the end of Anthropometry.
It was by Edmond Locard and stated when 2 objects come into contact with each other, a cross‑transfer of materials occurs that can connect a criminal suspect to the victim or the crime scene. Locard also started the first known police crime lab.
It was the first in USA.
It was led by Dr. Paul Kirk
It opened under Director J. Edgar