Father’s of Various branches of Forensic Science

The history of forensic science is thousands of years old and as research is being done more information about the use of forensics is being received. Here is the list of fathers of various branches and fields of forensic science, who have made their valuable contribution in the field of legal justice system.

Sr. No.Branches and FieldsName
1.Pioneer of Forensic ScienceSir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bernard Spilsbury
2.Father of Modern Forensic ScienceDr Edmond locard 
3.Father of Forensic AccountingFrank John Wilson
4.Father of Forensic AnthropologyThomas Dwight
5.Father of BallisticsCalvin Hooker Goddard
6.Father of Bloodstain Pattern AnalysisDr. Eduard Piotrowski
7.Father of Blood Group IdentificationKarl Landsteiner
8.Father of Forensic BotanyArthur Koehler
9.Father of CriminalisticsHans Gustav Adolf Gross
10.Father of CriminologyCesare Lombroso
11.Father of Computer ForensicsMichael Anderson
12.Father of Comparison MicroscopesPhillip O. Gravelle
13.Father of Criminal Identification SystemAlphonse Bertillon
14.Father of DNA FingerprintingAlec John Jeffreys
15.Father of Forensic EntomologyBernard Greenberg
16.Father of ExplosivesAlfred Nobel
17.Father of FingerprintsSir Francis Galton
18.Father of Forensic Geology Ray Murray
19.Father of Forensic photography Alphonse Bertillon
20.Father of Forensic LinguisticsJan Svartvik
21.Father of Forensic MedicinePaolo Zacchia
22.Father of Microscopic ForensicsWalter McCrone
23.Father of Forensic NursingVirginia Lynch
24.Father of Forensic OdontologyDr. Oscar Amoebda
25.Father of Forensic PalynologyVaughn Bryant
26.Father of Modern PathologyPaolo Zacchia
27.Father of Forensic PodiatryNorman H. Gunn
28.Father of Forensic PsychologyHugo Munsterberg
29.Father of Questioned DocumentsAlbert S. Osborn
30.Father of Forensic Serology Arthur Mourant
31.Father of Modern ToxicologyMathieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila
32.Father of ToxicologyParacelsus
Debate over Father of Forensic Science:

There are so many researches about history of forensic science is laying around the web and after reading all of them I find out that it is not complete yet but still we want to know that who actually give face to the forensic science and for that we have to still delved. While there is still continuous research on the origin and use of forensic science, in such a situation we can get a list of the fathers of forensic science based on the research and documents available so far, which are:

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1.Tewari RK, KV Ravikurnar. Development of Forensic Science in India: A Historical Account. Journal of the Indian Academy of Forensic Sciences 1999;38:17-32.      
2.Tewari RK. Application of Forensic Science in Criminal Justice Administration in the Developing Countries. The Indian Police Journal1999; XLVI:78-83.      
3.Nanda BB, RK Tewari. Development of Forensic Science Services at the State Level. The Indian Police Journal 2000; XLVI-XLVII:109-119.      
4.Iyengar NK. Growth and Development of Forensic Science in India. The Indian Police Journal 1961; (Special Centenary Issue):145-151.      
5.Chatterjee SK. History of Fingerprinting in India, The Indian Police Journal (Special Centenary Issue), 1961, pp 152-157      
6.Tewari RK, AK Ganjoo. Fifty years of Forensic Science in India: An Introspection, The Indian Police Journal (Special Issue on Indian Police after 50 years of Independence), Vol. XLV, No. 1 & 2, JanJune 1998, pp 105-110.      
7.Tewari RK, KV Ravi Kumar. Nine Decades of Forensic Examination in India, The Indian Police Journal (Special Issue on Indian Police after 50 years of Independence), Vol. XLV, No. 1 & 2, Jan-June 1998, pp 116-122.      
8.State-of-the-art Forensic Sciences: For Better Criminal Justice, National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi, May 1999.      
9.Forensic Science in India, Bureau of Police Research & Development, New Delhi, 1997.      
10.Tewari RK. Swantantrata Ke Pachas Varshon Men Nyayalayik Vigyan Ki Pragati, Uttar Pradesh Police Patrika; 1998.      
11.Third Report of the National Police Commission, Govt. of India, Chapter XXIV; 1980. pp 40-47.      
12.Misra SC. A Handbook on Police Organization and Administration, BPR&D; 1977. pp 138-140.       
19.The Father of Forensics by Colin Evans (2009)
20.Ramsland K. The Incomparable Witness: Sir Bernard Spilsbury. Forensic Examiner. 2008;17(1):1–70.
21.Vanezis P. Forensic medicine: past, present, and future. Lancet. 2004;364(Supply 1):8–9.
22.Kaplan RM. The fallible inflexibility of bernard spilsbury: a charismatic doctor and his discontents. Forensic Res Criminol Int J. 2017;4(2):53-54. DOI: 10.15406/frcij.2017.04.00105
24.Evolution of Forensic Medicine in India,
Dr Shilekh Mittal, M.D., DNB, Dr Sonia Mittal, M.D.,Dr Moneeshindra Singh Mittal, M.B.B.S.
JIAFM, 2007 – 29(4); ISSN: 0971-0973

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