Alphonse Bertillon

1853 - 1914

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Alphonse Bertillon (French: [bɛʁtijɔ̃]; 22 April 1853 – 13 February 1914) was a 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alphonse Bertillon has received more than 401,628 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Alphonse Bertillon is the 88th most popular inventor (down from 80th in 2019), the 986th most popular biography from France (down from 892nd in 2019) and the 14th most popular Inventor.

Alphonse Bertillon is most famous for inventing the bertillonage system of identification, which was an early form of anthropometry. The system was based on physical measurements of body parts.

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Among inventors, Alphonse Bertillon ranks 88 out of 354Before him are Ray Tomlinson, Sakichi Toyoda, Bi Sheng, Franz Reichelt, Alois Senefelder, and John Harrison. After him are Cornelis Drebbel, Daniel Swarovski, Abraham-Louis Breguet, Étienne-Jules Marey, Elisha Otis, and Leo Fender.

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Among people born in 1853, Alphonse Bertillon ranks 18Before him are Vladimir Solovyov, Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, Ferdinand Hodler, Errico Malatesta, Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein, and Princess Thyra of Denmark. After him are Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, Oskar Potiorek, Hussein Kamel of Egypt, Hans Christian Gram, Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, and Emil Jellinek. Among people deceased in 1914, Alphonse Bertillon ranks 20Before him are Ismail Gaspirali, August Macke, Maximilian von Spee, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, Eduard Suess, and Ambrose Bierce. After him are Alexander Samsonov, Georges Picquart, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Joseph Chamberlain, Joseph Swan, and Alain-Fournier.

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In France

Among people born in France, Alphonse Bertillon ranks 986 out of 6,011Before him are Ernest Chausson (1855), Laurent de Gouvion Saint-Cyr (1764), Madame Roland (1754), Villard de Honnecourt (1200), Alexis Clairaut (1713), and Horace Vernet (1789). After him are Jacques Cassini (1677), Pierre Augereau (1757), Eleanor of Provence (1223), Michel Rolle (1652), Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy (1847), and Theodore Beza (1519).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Alphonse Bertillon ranks 14Before him are Nicolas Appert (1749), Louis Blériot (1872), Louis Renault (1877), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), André-Jacques Garnerin (1769), and Claude Chappe (1763). After him are Étienne-Jules Marey (1830), Charles-Émile Reynaud (1844), André Michelin (1853), Clément Ader (1841), Jean-Pierre Blanchard (1753), and Henri Giffard (1825).