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 Alphonse Bertillon

Alphonse Bertillon

Birth
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 13 Feb 1914 (aged 60)
Munsterlingen, Bezirk Kreuzlingen, Thurgau, Switzerland
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 89
Memorial ID 7666 · View Source
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Criminologist. Bertillon began his career as a records clerk in the Parisian police department. He was the son of medicial professor Louis Bertillon. His obsessive love of order led him to develop his own methods of identifying suspects. Bertillon identified individuals by measurements of the head and body, shape formations of the ear, eyebrow, mouth, eye, etc., individual markings such as tattoos and scars, and personality characteristics. In 1883, the Parisian police adopted his anthropometric system, called signaletics or bertillonage. In 1884, Bertillon used his method to identify 241 multiple offenders, and after this demonstration, bertillonage was adopted by police forces in Great Britain, Europe, and the Americas. One of Bertillon's most important contributions to forensics was the systematic use of photography to document crime scenes and evidence. He also worked to further the development of other forensic scientific techniques, such as handwriting analysis, galvanoplastic compounds to preserve footprints and other impressions, ballistics, and a dynamometer which measured the degree of force used in breaking and entering.

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  • Added: 12 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7666
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alphonse Bertillon (23 Apr 1853–13 Feb 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7666, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .