20 July 1858
Hvar, Austrian Empire
|Died||25 January 1925 (aged 66)|
|Resting place||La Plata Cemetery|
|Known for||Contribution to fingerprinting|
In 1891, he began the first filing of fingerprints based on ideas of Francis Galton which he expanded significantly. He became the director of the Center for Dactyloscopy in Buenos Aires. At the time, he included the Bertillon system alongside the fingerprint files.
The first positive identification of a criminal was made in 1892, when Francisca Rojas killed her two children and cut her throat, putting the blame on an outside attacker. A bloody print identified her as the killer. Argentine police adopted Vucetich's method of fingerprinting classification and it spread to police forces all over the world. Vucetich improved his method with new material; he published Dactiloscopía Comparada ("Comparative Dactyloscopy") in 1904.
In Croatia, the Forensic Science Centre Ivan Vucetic in Zagreb also bears his name. The city of Pula has a memorial marker to commemorate his service in the Austro-Hungarian Navy while stationed there. There is a bust in his native Hvar.
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- "The History of Fingerprints". Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- "Juan Vucetich and the origins of forensic fingerprinting". Visible Proofs. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- "Otkrivano spomen obilježje Ivanu Vu?eti?u". www.regionalexpress.hr.