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Alexander O. Gettler
Alexander Gettler in the toxicology laboratory located on the third floor of the City Morgue, Bellevue Hospital c.1920
August 13, 1883|
|Died||August 4, 1968
|Known for||Pioneering in the field of toxicology|
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 Alexander O. Gettler Award is a prize established in his name by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
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