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Edward Henry, British fingerprint pioneer

Edward Henry, British fingerprint pioneer

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Edward Henry. Portrait of Sir Edward Richard Henry (1850-1931), British pioneer of fingerprints for identification. In 1891 Henry became the commiss- ioner of police in Bengal, India (part of the British Empire), & came across the use of finger- printing which had been begun by Herschel. In 1901 he was put in charge of the London police's Criminal Investigation Department. He introduced the use of fingerprinting to Britain, setting up a department of 3 men who used Galton's improved fingerprint identification system of 1892. The British police soon successfully began linking criminals with the scenes of their crimes and the use of fingerprint identification rapidly spread.

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