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Cherrill, Frederick Rupert (1892–1964), police officer and fingerprint expert, was born in a cottage in Malt House Row, Dorchester-on-Thames, Berkshire, on 18 September 1892, the sixth of the nine children of George Edward Cherrill (1855–1923), carpenter, and his wife, Emma Ann, née Crook (1858–1923)...

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Faulds, Henry (1843–1930), general practitioner and developer of fingerprinting, was born on 1 June 1843 at Beith, Ayrshire, the son of William Pollock Faulds, an impoverished grocer, and his wife, Anne Cameron. Both sides of his family were of Scottish descent. After school at ...

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Herschel, Sir William James, second baronet (1833–1917), developer of fingerprinting and judge, was born on 9 January 1833, probably in Slough, the eldest child of the three sons and nine daughters of Sir John Herschel, first baronet (1792–1871), astronomer and chemist, and his wife, ...

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Littlejohn, Sir Henry Duncan (1826–1914), medical officer of health and expert in forensic medicine, was born on 8 May 1826 at the family home, 33 Leith Street, Edinburgh, the seventh of the nine children of Thomas Littlejohn, master baker and a burgess of ...

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Spilsbury, Sir Bernard Henry (1877–1947), forensic pathologist, was born on 16 May 1877 at 35 Bath Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the eldest of the three children of James Spilsbury, a manufacturing chemist, and his wife, Marion Elizabeth, formerly Joy, of Stafford.