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Albert S. Osborn

Albert S. OsbornAKA Albert Sherman Osborn

Born: 26-Mar-1858
Birthplace: Sharon, MI
Died: 14-Dec-1946
Location of death: Montclair, NJ
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Questioned Documents

The first American prominent in the field of forgery detection, and author of the seminal Questioned Documents (1910, reprinted many times), an exhaustive work indispensible even today. By his efforts, courts began to accept the presentation of forged documents as scientific evidence. He founded the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners on 2 September 1942. Osborn also designed a comparison microscope which was later manufactured by Bausch & Lomb.

Father: William Berkeley Osborn (b. 17-Jun-1830, d. 18-Aug-1909)
Mother: Jane Cole
Wife: Beth Dunbar (m. 1888)
Son: Albert D. Osborn (forged document analyst)

    University: Michigan State University
    University: PhD, Colby College

    American Society of Questioned Document Examiners President (1942-46)
    Phi Delta Theta Fraternity

Author of books:
Questioned Documents (1910, nonfiction)
The Mind of the Juror as Judge of the Facts, or, The Layman's View of the Law (1937, nonfiction)

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