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Title: Indian civilization and the science of fingerprinting
Authors: Sodhi, G S
Kaur, Jasjeet
Keywords: Fingerprinting;Ancient science
Issue Date: Apr-2003
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Sir William Herschel (1833-1917), an English officer, started studying fingerprints when he was posted in India during the later half of nineteenth century. He propounded the concept of ridge persistency, according to which the patterns of criss-cross lines on the fingertips or palms of an individual rema in unchanged from birth till death. He also made it mandatory for the natives to impress their handprints or fingerprints on official documents. Word quickly spread that Herschel was the first pioneer to recognize the utility of fingerprints for identification purposes. However, this was fallacy, for Indians knew about the science of fingerprinting much before the English had an inkling of it.
Page(s): 126-136
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.02(2) [April 2003]

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