Professor Dame Sue Black, one of the world’s leading forensic scientists, brings clarity, authenticity, humanity and humour to the one event that we will all experience – death. In her role she confronts death every day.
As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster.
Now, in her new book `All that Remains’, published on April 19, she reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and what her work has taught her.
Professor Black said, “This book is not a traditional treatise on death. It is, like forensic anthropology itself, which seeks to reconstruct through death the story of the life lived, as much about life as about death – those inseparable parts of the continuous whole.”
`All That Remains’ is published by Doubleday and is available in all good bookshops.
Professor Black is one of the world’s leading anatomists and forensic anthropologists. Her expertise has been crucial to many high-profile criminal cases, and in 1999 she was the lead anthropologist for the British Forensic Team’s work in the war crimes investigations in Kosovo. She was one of the first forensic scientists to travel to Thailand following the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 to provide assistance in identifying the dead.
Recently she stunned over 300,000 `Outlander’ followers when she announced that Lord Lovat, Simon Fraser, was not residing in a coffin built for him at the Wardlaw Mausoleum.
She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to forensic anthropology.