Imprint of the Raj : How Fingerprinting Was Born in Colonial India
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birth in colonial India and its subsequent repercussions: fascinating, beautifully illustrated, and based on hitherto unpublished research.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
- 01 Jan 2015
- Pan MacMillan
- Pan Books
- London, United Kingdom
About Chandak Sengoopta
Chandak Sengoopta is Senior Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Birkbeck College, University of London. Originally from Calcutta, where he trained to be a doctor, he subsequently studied the history of science, medicine and technology at Johns Hopkins University in the USA. 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.