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Alphonse BERTILLON

French Alphonse BERTILLON

French police officer and biometrics researcher

Source :  Frédéric THEBAULTAnne DULACPierre de LAUBIER

Born: on April 22, 1853 in Paris, France
Died: on February 13, 1914 in Paris, France


Biography

Bertillon was born in Paris. He was a son of statistician Louis-Adolphe Bertillon and younger brother of the statistician and demographer Jacques Bertillon.

After being expelled from the Imperial Lycée of Versailles, Bertillon drifted through a number of jobs in England and France, before being conscripted into the French army in 1875. Several years later, he was discharged from the army with no real higher education, so his father arranged for his employment in a low-level clerical job at the Prefecture of Police in Paris. Thus, Bertillon began his police career on 15 March 1879 as a department copyist.

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