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criminologist , military historian , army officer

Calvin Hooker Goddard, army officer, military historian, criminologist. Awarded fellowship by Guggenheim Foundation, 1935, to write book on arms identification; fellowship from Oberlaender Trust (Philadelphia), 1936, to permit studies in Europe.


Goddard, Calvin Hooker was born on October 30, 1891 in altimore. Son of Captain Henry P. and Eliza W. (Acheson) Goddard.


Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Johns Hopkins, 1911, Doctor of Medicine 1915. Honor graduated from Army Medical School, Washington, 1917.


Commissioned first lieutenant, Medical Corps, United States Army, February 18, 1917. Promoted through grades to major, March 28, 1918. Served in the United States, France, Germany and Poland.

Resigned June 2, 1920. Assistant director (business administration) Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1921-1924. Administrative director Cornell Clinic, New York, 1924-1925.

Developed the science of identifying fired bullets and empty cartridge cases, now known as forensic ballistics, New York, 1925-1929. Managing director Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory Northwestern University, 1929-1933. Director research, 1933-1934, professor police science, law faculty, 1930-1934.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles on ordnance and munitions, Encyclopedia British, Encyclopedia British Year Book, Junior Encyclopedia, etc.


Member of the board of directors Society American Military Engineers, 1940-1942. Member board editors and advisors Encyclopedia Britannica since 1940. Recalled to active service as lieutenant colonel, United States Army, and assigned to history section Army War College, 1941-1942.

Member history division, War Department Special Staff, 1945-1947. Member history section G/2 General Headquarters, Far East Command, Tokyo, Japan, to 1948, Chief of Criminal Investigation Laboratory, Far East Command, Tokyo, 1948-1951. Member Society American Military Engineers, Association Military Surgs., Army Ord.

Association, American Military Institute, American Academy Forensic Sciences, International Society for Detection of Deception, International Association for Indentification, American History Association, Society War 1812 (New York), Veteran Corps of Artillery (New York), Order Indian Wars, French Society for Advancement of Science, Phi Kappa Psi, and Pi Gamma Museum. Club: Cosmos (Washington).


Married Eliza Cunningham Harrison, August 3, 1915. Children: Eliza Cunningham (Mistress Harry Bacas), Mary Woodbridge (Mistress Henry Zon).

Captain Henry P. Goddard

Eliza W. (Acheson) Goddard

Eliza Cunningham Harrison

Eliza Cunningham Goddard (Mistress Harry Bacas)

Mary Woodbridge Goddard (Mistress Henry Zon)