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Dr Henry Faulds – Fingerprinting pioneer


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Learn about Dr Henry Faulds - Pioneer of Fingerprinting as an aid to Forensic Science.

Date and Time

21 March 2018 - 18:00-20:00


Stafford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Jointly organised by the UK - W.Mids:NW Mids of England and UK - W.Mids:NW Mids of England local networks.

About this event

Henry Faulds was born in Beith Scotland in 1843. He studied at Glasgow University, and Anderson College. After two years in British India at a hospital in Darjeeling he was sent to Japan by the United Presbyterian Church to establish a medical mission.
He later founded a hospital in Tokyo reaching 15,000 in-patients per annum by 1882.
While excavating ancient remains with an American friend he noticed impressions in clay fragments. He discovered that the patterns of raised edges in these impressions were unique to each person.
Charles Darwin turned down Dr. Faulds’ plea for help, and controversy accompanied his efforts over many years, but the Japanese police recognised fingerprinting as an aid to forensic science.
When Dr Faulds returned to the UK his concept was rejected by Scotland Yard.
He worked as a police surgeon initially in London, but later he relocated to Stoke-on-Trent and is popularly believed to have become embittered by his experience.
He retired to Newcastle under Lyme in 1922 and is buried in St. Margaret’s churchyard in Wolstanton.
The speaker has spent two years researching the life of Dr. Faulds involving several months communicating with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, as a prelude to working with Newcastle Borough Museum to install a permanent display to commemorate this remarkable man.


The lecture will start at 18:00pm and is expected to finish at 20:00pm. Refreshments will be available.

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