forensic science

Events

Hsi Duan Yu

1248

"The Washing Away of Wrongs" was possibly the first book on forensics.

Ambroise Pare

1517 - 1590

A French army surgeon, he laid the work for the development of forensic techniques.

Lafarge

1840

Lafarge was accused of poisoning her husband, Orfila examined the body to find hints of arsenic. This marks the first time forensics is used in court.

Photography

1843

The use of mug shots began in 1843 but became common by the 1850s.

Bertillon system

1879

The system was a detailed series of measurements of the body that were widely used to identify criminals.

Fingerprints

1892

Galton described the analysis of fingerprints in his book, a system that we still use today.

Lattes

1915

Lattes developed a method to discover blood type through dried blood. He used this to prove that a murderer was innocent through the bloodstains on his coat.

Bullets

1920

Goddard uses microscopes to advance a technique to identify markings on bullets from the gun they came from.

Undiscovered fingerprints

1970

Menzel uses lasers to locate hidden fingerprints.

DNA

1985

Jeffreys discovers the existence of unique DNA that can be used like fingerprints to identify a person.