Happy Birthday, Charles Norris!
Charles Norris (right), born December 4, 1867, was New York City’s first Chief Medical Examiner. As a pioneer in the field of toxicology, Norris’s work made “dead men tell more tales than live ones ever could,” asserted District Attorney John E. McGeehan of the Bronx.
Chemist Alexander Gettler (left) worked directly under Norris directing the city’s first toxicology laboratory. Together the pair elevated forensic chemistry to a legitimate science and set a standard for the rest of the country.
Learn more about toxicology in The Power of Poison.
Image via Library of Congress