History of Forensics

Events

Earliest record of application of forensic science

201 - 300

Carl W. Scheele

1775

test with arsenic on corpses

valentin ross

1806

detection of smaller amounts of arsenic

Mathieu Orilla

1814

published article of poisons

polarizing microscope invented

1828

first detection of sperm

1839

toxicological evidence

1839

photographs (allowed more accurate recording)

1850 - 1860

first presumptive blood test

1863

alphonso bertillon

1879

sherlock holmes

1887 - 1893

jack the ripper

1888

criminal investigation by hans gross

1893

walter mccrone

1900

abo blood testing discovered

1901

will west case

1903

fingerprinting

1903

questioned documents (hand written analysis) published by albert Osborn

1910

locards exchange principle by Edmond locard (French)

1913

los angeles pd crime lab

1923

university Of California at Berkeley criminalistics dept. led by dr. Paul kirk

1930

fbi national laboratory

1932

FBI Forensic Science Research & Training Center opens

1981