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History of Forensic Time Line
⟶ Updated 13 Oct 2017 ⟶
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Thumb prints were found in clay seals in ancient China
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.
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.
Henry Goddard of Scotland Yard, first uses bullet comparison to catch a murderer.
C.F. Schonbein discovers the ability of hemoglobin to oxidize in H2O2 making it foam. This is the first presumptive test for blood.
K. Landsteiner first discovers human blood groups. M. Richter adapts the technique to type blood stains.
The first forensic science curriculum is developed at the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland.
A. Vollmer, police chief in Los Angeles, implements the first U.S. police crime laboratory.
M. Frei-Sulzer develops the tape lifting method of collecting trace evidence.
ASerospace Corp. scientists develop the technology to analyze GSR using SEM with electron dispersice X-rays
M. Soba develops the technique for lifting latent fingerprints using Superglue fuming
Police in the UK first use forensic DNA profiling
The FBI sets up that National DNA Index System, enabling city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to compare DNA profiles
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The FBI implements the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, allowing paperless submission, storage, and search of the national database.
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