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we take pause to remember a great
contributor and researcher of the fingerprint discipline, Dr. E. Roland
Roland Menzel, Inventor of Laser Fingerprint
Technology and Texas Tech University Horn Professor, Dies at 62
AScribe, The Public Interest Newswire
Friday Feb 3 14:06:26 2006 Pacific Time
Media Contact: John Davis,
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Dr. E. Roland Menzel, inventor of laser fingerprint technology and Horn
professor of physics at Texas Tech University, passed away Friday due to an
He was 62.
Menzel was known best for creating
laser fingerprint technology in the mid- to late-1970s while a member of the
scientific staff for Xerox Research Center of Canada in Toronto. While
working on color copier technology, Menzel discovered how fingerprints react
His laser fingerprint discovery was
labeled one of the Milestones of Canadian Chemistry in the 20th Century by
the Chemical Institute of Canada.
Lynn Hatfield, chairman of TTU's
Department of Physics, said he has lost a beloved friend and an important
member of his faculty.
"He was a very colorful character," Hatfield said. "And, he was an
outstanding researcher. He gave very good and interesting talks about his
work. During his time at Xerox, he realized you could see fingerprints by
shining a laser on them. The laser light excites fingerprint material and
causes it to give off light."
Following that discovery, Menzel came to Texas Tech University in
He created The Center for Forensic Studies at TTU in 1982 with the
aim of promoting innovation in physical evidence examination.
The center's mission is to research new methods of evidence
examination, hold workshops for law enforcement personnel to expose them to
new technologies and conduct case examinations for law enforcement agencies.
In 2003, the center expanded to include an interdisciplinary forensic
science minor program.
As well as giving workshops to the Federal Bureau of Investigation
and the Secret Service, Menzel traveled to China, Israel, Guam and Saudi
Arabia to teach law enforcement officials how to use emerging technology to
He became a P.W. Horn professor in 1997, which is the highest honor a
Texas Tech University Professor can achieve.
Physics professor K. Kelvin Cheng said he was recruited by Menzel 16
years ago to build the department's biophysics research.
"Menzel and I developed a lot of common research interests in
physics," the biophysicist said. "We published a paper in Forensic Science
International last year on using a laser to understand the chemical
reactions that happen when fingerprints develop. He was a very, very smart
man. We will miss him very much."
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