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Alexander Gettler

Forensic scientist

Died when: 84 years 357 days (1019 months)
Star Sign: Leo


Alexander Gettler

Alexander Oscar Gettler (August 13, 1883 – August 4, 1968) was a toxicologist with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York (OCME) between 1918 and 1959, and the first forensic chemist to be employed in this capacity by a U.S. city.

His work at OCME with Charles Norris, the chief medical examiner, created the foundation for modern medicolegal investigation in the U.S. and Gettler has been described by peers as "the father of forensic toxicology in America." The is a prize established in his name by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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