Imprint of the Raj: How Fingerprinting Was Born in Colonial India: The Colonial Origin of Fingerprinting and Its Voyage to Britain

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Opening in 1902 with the first case in a British criminal court to use the radical new technique, this is an original exploration of fingerprinting's birth in colonial India and its subsequent repercussions: fascinating, beautifully illustrated, and based on hitherto unpublished research. 'Sengoopta has done a great service... Deliciously understated, yet precise and powerful, the book moves effortlessly from the detail of fingerprinting to the wider implications' Guardian 'Not just an investigation of a relatively arcane area of criminology but an altogether grander piece of revisionist history' Literary Review 'Well-researched and stylish...a heady mix of nostalgia, history, science and, above all, a compelling read' India Today

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... a heady mix of nostalgia, history, science and, above all, a compelling read ... -- India Today, April 28, 2003

...gives a lively and unique description of our colonial heritage and recounts a largely unknown story. -- Geographical Magazine, May 2003

A truly fascinating account... The pages present much technical information but cleverly weave this into an accessible narrative. -- History Today, April 2003

An absorbing tale of scientific criminology... Deliciously understated, yet precise and powerful... -- Guardian, March 1, 2003

Sengoopta's strength is in following not only the twists in the system's development but also the setbacks and alternative proposals. -- TLS (Times Literary Supplement), 23 May 2003

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Chandak Sengoopta is the Wellcome Research Lecturer at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. Originally from Calcutta, where he trained to be a doctor, he subsequently studied the history of science, medicine and technology in the USA and in London. His first academic book, Otto Weininger: Sex, Science, and Self in Imperial Vienna was published by the, University of Chicago Press in 2000. Imprint of the Raj is his first book for the general reader.

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