Color has been a topic of intense interest and inquiry for millennia. Philosophers (Aristotle), poets (Goethe), physicists (Newton), physiologists (Helmholtz), psychologists (Fechner), and mathematicians (Schrödinger) have all contributed to our understanding of color phenomena. Color science is a fundamental field of science dedicated to understanding the creation of colored stimuli, sources of illumination, and ultimately the human perception of color. It builds upon, and crosses the disciplinary boundaries of, chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, and psychology. Color science is used in the design and production of most man-made materials including textiles, paints, plastics, ceramics, and imaging systems and to specify the properties of diverse natural materials such as skin, plants, animals, and soil. The applications of color science are truly ubiquitous.
Dr. Mark Fairchild, Director
In the News
- Mark Fairchild on "Perfect Hue" in The NY Times.
- PoCS/MCSL faculty discuss #TheDress. Also on Today.com
- Mark Fairchild discusses the nature of color on NPR
- Video of Color Science professor Roy Berns on
van Gogh's pigments in 'The Bedroom.'
Recent Color Science Grads
- Jennifer Kruschwitz
Specialized Color Targets for Spectral Reflectance Reconstruction of Magnified Images
- Adria Fores Herranz
Perceptual Modeling and Reproduction of Gloss
- Farhad Abed
Pigment Identification of Paintings Based on Kubelka-Munk Theory and Spectral Images