Alphonse BERTILLON

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Policeman, investigator, criminologist

FrenchBorn Alphonse BERTILLON

French police officer and biometrics researcher

Born on April 22, 1853 in Paris , France

Died on February 13, 1914 in Paris , France

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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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