Forensic Science

Timeline created by SwagaSorauS Rex
  • Sep 11, 700

    prints

    chinese used fingerprints to establish identity of documents and clay sculpture, but without any formal classification system.
  • Sep 11, 1248

    medical knowledge

    The first recorded application of medical knowledge to the solution of crime was the chinese book, Hsi Duan Yu.
  • physical matching

    One of the first documented uses of physical matching, was when John Toms was convicted of murder on the basis of the torn edge wad of newspaper in a pistol matching a remaining peice in his pocket.
  • polarizing light microscope

    William Nichol invented the polarizing light microscope
  • Toxicology

    James Marsh, a Scottish chemist, was the first to use Toxicology in a jury trial.
  • system

    Sir Edward Richard Henry developed the print classification system that would come to be used in Europe and
    North America. He published Classification and Uses of finger prints.
  • Fingerprints

    Henry P. DeForrest pioneered the first systematic use of fingerprints in the United States by the New York Civil
    Service Commission.
  • FBI

    U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt establishes Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • portable

    John Larson and Leonard Keeler designed the portable polygraph.
  • Lab

    August Vollmer, chief of police in Los Angeles, California, implemented the first U.S. police crime laboratory.
  • Meuller

    Meuller was the first medico-legal investigator to suggest the identification of salivary amlyase as a presumptive test
    for salivary stains.
  • DNA

    In the first use of DNA to solve a crime, Sir Alec Jeffreys used DNA profiling to identify Colin Pitchfork as the murderer of
    two young girls in the English Midlands.
  • DNA profiling

    DNA profiling was introduced for the first time in a U.S. criminal court. Based on RFLP analysis performed by
    Lifecodes.
  • AFIS

    The FBI introduced computerized searches of the AFIS fingerprint database. Live scan and card scan devices allowed
    interdepartmental submissions.
  • FBI

    The FBI upgraded its computerized fingerprint database and implemented the Integrated Automated Fingerprint
    Identification System (IAFIS), allowing paperless submission, storage, and search capabilities directly to the national
    database maintained at the FBI.