CAC News lecture Skip Palenik

John D. DeHaan recently penned a lecture-article for the California Association of Criminalists newsletter (CACNews) entitled “The Role of Science in Criminalistics—Are We Going the Wrong Way?” (Q1, 2018). In the article, DeHaan mentions Microtrace founder Skip Palenik amongst the important specialists who have contributed to the field of trace evidence in criminology. The relevant passage follows:

“You will gain tremendous respect for the contributions of trace evidence specialists (and other pioneers in serology and biology) to our field [criminalistics]. A few of the pioneers in trace evidence: Max Frei-Sulzer (1913-1983, Zurich Switzerland), microscopist who invented the tape lift method; George Popp (1861- ? , Frankfurt, Germany), chemist, serologist, trace evidence; Edmund Locard (1877-1966), France, Locard Exchange Principle for trace evidence; R.A. Reiss (1875-1929, Lausanne, Switzerland), forensic photography and trace evidence, founded the Institute for Police Science; John Glaister (1892-1971, Egypt and Glasgow), published an encyclopedic work on Hairs of Mammals and Humans, 1931; James Osterburg (1917-2012), police chemist, wrote the landmark text Introduction to Criminalistics, 1949, that included trace evidence and instrumental analysis. This line extends, of course, to our own E.O. Heinrich and Paul Kirk, and even our contemporaries like Skip Palenik and Faye Springer.”

For more details of our academic lineage please click here.

And we encourage you to read DeHaan’s full article here.

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