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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
<<< Open faculty position in Color Science; can be filled immediately >>>.


  • Recent Color Science Grads

  • Susan P. Farnand
    Designing pictorial stimuli for perceptual image difference experiments
  • Jun Jiang
    Evaluation and Improvement of the Workflow of Digital Imaging of Fine Art Reproduction in Museums
  • Benjamin Darling
    A Framework for Realistic Modeling and Display of Object Surface Appearance