Came across this engrossing newspaper article describing the career of a leading UK forensic scientist - Angela Gallop.
This article covers the career of Angela Gallop who has worked on some of the UK's most famous criminal investigations. Working for over 50 years, Gallop has worked on such cases as the killing of James Bulger, Stephen Lawrence, and the Pembrokeshire coastal murders.
What shines through this article and the quotes given by Gallop is her absolute love for her field, for the chase, and the fascination with the minutiae of forensic investigation.
But there are warnings here too, at least for the UK where the government is making cuts to funding that Is so needed to do forensic science properly. One of the fields in danger, as Gallop points out is Textile analysis and acquisition. If anyone has seen CSI, this will be familiar where the scientist uses tape and presses it against a surface so that fibers adhere to the tape. This is actually a time-consuming process both in acquiring the fibers but also in their subsequent analysis under a microscope.