Dr. John BondForensic Science
Dr. Bond read Applied Physics at the University of Bath and researched Space Plasma Physics at the University of Sussex, both in the United Kingdom. Dr. Bond joined Northamptonshire Police in 1993 to head the force’s Forensic Science Department. In 2011, he took early retirement from Northamptonshire Police and has now taken up a position as Senior Lecturer in Forensic Sciences at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
In the past four years, Dr. Bond has published over forty research papers and has taken out several patents related to new ways of visualizing fingerprints. One patent was included in Time Magazine’s top 50 inventions of 2008 and BBC Focus Magazine’s inventions “most likely to change the world” of 2009. In 2011, Dr. Bond was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen for services to Forensic Science.
In this presentation, “Fingerprints Forever,” Dr. Bond discussed the visualization of fingerprints on metal surfaces after the metal has been subjected to environmental extremes. He has instructed many law enforcement agencies on how and why fingerprint sweat can corrode metal and how to visualize the fingerprint after the sweat deposit has been removed. Dr. Bond also shared examples from crime scenes where this technique has been employed.