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history of forensics
⟶ Updated 23 Oct 2017 ⟶
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First forensic autopsies are done at the University of Bologna.
thumb prints were found in clay seals in ancient china
Erasistratus, an ancient Greek physician, observes his patients’ pulse rates increase when they tell him lies.
BC-Antistius, an ancient Roman physician, examines the body of Julius Caesar after his assassination and finds more than 23 stab wounds.
The Chinese book, Hsi Duan Yu (the Washing Away of Wrong), is the first recorded application of medical knowledge to the solution of crime. The book becomes an official text for coroners.
Sir Thomas Browne discovers adipocere, the fatty, waxy, soap-like substance derived from decayed human corpses buried in moist, air-free places.
Malpighi, professor of anatomy at the University of Bologna, noted ridges, spirals and loops in fingerprints.
Mary Blandy was tried at Oxford for murdering her father with arsenic. She was found guilty and hanged.
Mathieu B. Orfila, the father of modern toxicology, publishes Traite des Poisons. He is the first to attempt to use a microscope in the assessment of blood and semen stains.
A. Vollmer, police chief in Los Angeles, implements the first U.S. police crime laboratory.
The FBI implements the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, allowing paperless submission, storage, and search of the national database.
The FBI sets up that National DNA Index System, enabling city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to compare DNA profiles
President T. Roosevelt establishes the FBI.
Germanic and Slavic societies made law that medical experts must be the ones to determine cause of death in crimes.
Fingerprints first used to determine identity. Arabic merchants would take a debtor's fingerprint and attach it to the bill.
King Richard Plantagenet (1157–1199) officially creates the position of coroner.
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