Forensics Accomplishments

Timeline created by bryannahood
  • 1247

    13th Century China

    13th Century China
    The first case ever recorded using forensic science. The victim was stabbed, so all the knives in the town were collected and flies were attracted to blood so they only landed on one which made the killer confess.
  • Mathieu Orfila

    Mathieu Orfila
    "Father of Forensic Toxicology," he was a chemist who first published papers on the detection of poisons.
  • William Herschel

    William Herschel
    Used thumbprints on documents to identify workers in India
  • Alphonse Bertillon

    Alphonse Bertillon
    "Father of Criminal Identification," developed Anthropometry which uses body measurements to distinguish people.
  • Henry Faulds

    Henry Faulds
    Used fingerprints to eliminate an innocent burglary suspect
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Published his first Sherlock Holmes story, which popularized scientific crime detection methods
  • Francis Galton

    Francis Galton
    Published "Finger Prints" which helped identify their uniqueness and classification.
  • Hans Gross

    Hans Gross
    Wrote the first paper describing the application of scientific principles.
  • Karl Landsteiner

    Karl Landsteiner
    Discovered the ABO blood groups and later earned a Noble Prize.
  • Edmond Locard

    Edmond Locard
    Incorporated Gross' principles in a crime lab
  • Albert S. Osborne

    Albert S. Osborne
    Developed the fundamental principles of document examination.
  • Leone Lattes

    Leone Lattes
    Developed a method for determining blood type from dried blood.
  • August Vollmer

    August Vollmer
    Established the first crime lab.
  • Calvin Goddard

    Calvin Goddard
    First developed a comparison microscope to compare bullets.