Important Contributions to Forensic Science

Timeline created by eframe05
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    First Case using forensic science

    First Case using forensic science
    Used different weapons on animals to figure out weapon used in stabbing case
  • Mathieu Orfila

    Mathieu Orfila
    Considered "Father of Forensic Toxicology" because founder.
  • 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 individuals.
  • Henry Faulds

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

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Published first Sherlock Holmes story. Considered first CSI, featured in 4 novels and 56 short stories.
  • Francis Galton

    Francis Galton
    Published Finger Prints. Conducted the first definitive study of fingerprints and their classification. Gave proof of uniqueness.
  • Hans Gross

    Hans Gross
    Wrote first paper describing application of scientific principles to the field of criminal investigation. Published Criminal Investigation.
  • Karl Landsteiner

    Karl Landsteiner
    Discovered ABO blood groups and received Nobel Prize.
  • Edmond Locard

    Edmond Locard
    Incorporated Gross' principles within a workable crime lab. Became founder and directer of the Institute of Criminalistics.
  • Albert S. Osborn

    Albert S. Osborn
    Published Questioned Documents. Developed the fundamental principles of document examination.
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    Developed a method for determining blood type from dried blood.
  • August Vollmer

    August Vollmer
    Established the first crime lab in the U.S.
  • Calvin Goddard

    Calvin Goddard
    Developed a comparison microscope. First used to compare bullets to see if fired from same weapon.