Prof. Robert F. Borkenstein began his career with the Indiana State Police in 1936. He invented the Breathalyzer®
in 1954 and retired in 1958 as captain in charge of Laboratory Services.
His academic career began in 1958 when he received an A.B. degree from Indiana University. Also in 1958, he became a professor
at Indiana University's Department of Forensic Studies.
In 1963, Prof. Borkenstein received an honorary D.Sc. degree from Wittenberg University. He became chairman of the Department
of Forensic Studies. In 1971 Prof. Borkenstein became director of the Center for Studies of Law in Action.
In 1987, he received an LL.D., or honorary doctor of laws, degree from Indiana. Such an honor for a working professor is
Prof. Borkenstein's awards, honors and memberships are too numerous to mention. He is known worldwide for his contribution
to the field of chemical tests for blood and breath alcohol.
Intensely curious about the human condition, Prof. Borkenstein inspired others to higher levels of achievement. His beloved
wife, Marjorie, died in 1998. Prof. Borkenstein passed away August 10, 2002.
The other faculty members carry on the tradition of this brilliant and wonderful contributor to the field of alcohol and
drug research and traffic safety.
NOTE: Information from Indiana University faculty page.