Forensic Timeline

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  • 1686

    Marcello Malpighi (1686) noticed in his research that fingerprints have spirals and arches but no note on how this discovery could affect forensic studies
  • 1814

    Mathieu Bonaventure is credited as one of the first people to use a microscope to study blood.
  • 1816

    Being able to take photos of blood evidence, camera (1816) Beaumont Newhall, Arthur Fellig ; famous crime photographer
  • 1835

    Henry Goddard (1835) developed the science of identifying fired bullets and weapons
  • 1858

    William Herschel (1858) Noticed that no two fingerprints were the same and this lead to being able to use them for identification purposes
  • 1862

    J. (Izaak) Van Deen development of earliest test for blood (1862)
  • 1863

    Christian Friedrich schonbein (1863) was the first to discover the ability of hemoglobin to oxidize hydrogen peroxide making it foam
  • 1880

    Henry faulds and WIlliam James Herschel (1880) wrote a paper about unique fingerprints, this system helped cases in court determine possibilities to determine those different prints
  • 1889

    Alexandre Lacassagne (1889) was the first to develop ballistic fingerprinting
  • 1892

    Police investigator Alvarez (1892) first case to be solved a fingerprint furthermore making sure fingerprints are recorded and stored
  • 1892

    Police Inspector Álvarez (1892) first case to be solved with a Bloody fingerprint
  • 1898

    Paul Jeserich (1898) was one of the first scientists to assign a fired bullet to the right weapon
  • 1901

    Karl Landsteiner (1901) forensic scientist could compare blood evidence left at crime scenes from suspects
  • 1903

    New york prison (1903) first to keep recorded fingerprints on huge pieces of paper called slips
  • 1908

    By (1908) both the navy and the marines were using fingerprint data
  • 1912

    Victor Baltzard (1912) he noted that bullets AND casings and cartridges are marked by their fired guns
  • 1915

    Leone Lattes (1915) developed a method that determined blood types from dried blood.
  • 1920

    Calvin Goddard (1920) perfected the comparison microscope to use to compare bullets
  • 1924

    FBI (1924) took over fingerprints data and by 1971 had over 200 million records
  • 1926

    Calvin Goddard (1926) formed the Bureau of Forensic Ballistics
  • 1929

    Calvin Goddard (1929) helped connect if certain machine guns were part of murders
  • 1960's

    massive growth of crime labs and forensic studies.(1960's)
  • 1967

    Brian J Culliford (1967) developed methods to test for Isoenzymes in dried up blood stains
  • 1975

    FBI (1975) first scanners to extract fingerprints was installed and used to help operate cases
  • 1984

    Alec Jeffreys discovered a technique of genetic fingerprinting (1984)
  • 1990

    Charles E. Waite (1900s) first scientist to compile a catalog of information about firearms
  • 1990

    Digital vehicle forensics helps investigators put together data from and about vehicles.
  • 2000's

    Social media forensics, helps investigators have a wider range of where to look for solving crimes. (2000's)
  • 2010's

    DNA Phenotyping helps determine and narrow down the amount of suspects within a case with this type of technology. (2010's)