Bertillon, Alphonse

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Bertillon, Alphonse Gender: M
born on 22 April 1853 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 02°07' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 14°18 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 13°00'

Alphonse Bertillon


French police officer and biometrics researcher who applied the anthropological technique of anthropometry to law enforcement creating an identification system based on physical measurements. Anthropometry was the first scientific system used by police to identify criminals. Before that time, criminals could only be identified by name or photograph. The method was eventually supplanted by fingerprinting.

He is also the inventor of the mug shot. Photographing of criminals began in the 1840s only a few years after the invention of photography, but it was not until 1888 that Bertillon standardized the process.

He died 13 February 1914.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'police justice' pdf file, p. 7.

Same data: Taeger quotes Lescaut quoting Cahiers Astrologiques Nr. 195, Biography


  • Vocation : Law : Police
  • Vocation : Science : Anthropology