Human beings, throughout history, have had a need to finding means that would securely authenticate/identify each other. This is what led to fingerprinting as we know it now. There are records available of hand printing having been performed in China as early as 226 BC. Clay seals were used then, to keep a record of the hand patterns of those involved in burglaries. The first known mention of fingerprinting was however, much later, in 14th century Persia, where individuals were identified with their finger prints.
Fingerprinting went a long way after this. In the ensuing years of the 20th century, fingerprinting was much studied across Europe. In 1891, Juan Vusetich, an Argentine policeman became the first person to keep fingerprint records. In 1892, Eduardo Alvarez, a pupil of Vusetich made the first criminal identification ever with the help of fingerprinting. Over the years, fingerprinting was much studied upon and was adopted by crime control organizations across the word. Many systems were used in fingerprint identification over various periods and now, in this era of modern technology, we have reliable and dependable electronic devices to do the same for us.
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