RIT Professor Wins Prestigious Color Science Award

Roy Berns named the 2009 Godlove Award recipient

Rochester Institute of Technology professor Roy Berns is being recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in the field of color science.

The Inter-Society Color Council, the professional association of the field of color science, has named Berns the recipient of the 2009 Godlove Award for his contributions, through research and education, in color and imaging science and for his leadership in the color community.

Berns is the Richard S. Hunter Professor of Color Science, Appearance and Technology and director of the Munsell Color Science Laboratory in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.

The biennial Godlove Award, established in 1956, honors Berns’ advancements in fundamental and applied color science and color imaging. Berns is especially known for his work in color difference perception and formula development, modeling color-imaging systems, and spectral imaging, including capture and printing. His spectral imaging systems are currently in use by museums and archivists to document, conserve and reproduce works of art and other cultural heritage.

“The Godlove Award is a very fitting recognition for the breadth and depth of Roy Berns’ sustained and significant contributions to the field of color and imaging science,” states the ISCC’s award announcement. “His endeavors have empowered numerous students and advanced many areas of understanding in color and imaging science, both directly through his own research and indirectly through the many researchers that he has trained.”

“I am so excited to be joining the ranks of many of my color-science idols who have received this prestigious award in the past,” Berns says. “My success is due, in no small part, to the talents of my colleagues and students. This award will serve as inspiration as we continue to advance color science education and research at RIT.”

Berns is the author of more than 200 journal publications and the third edition of Billmeyer and Saltzman’s Principles of Color Technology. He is a member of the International Commission on Illumination, a fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, an executive board member of the International Association of Colour and the Inter-Society Color Council. He is a past recipient of the color council’s MacBeth Award.

Berns will receive the Godlove Award at the annual meeting of the Inter-Society Color Council, held at RIT June 7, and in conjunction with the Munsell Color Science Laboratory 25th Anniversary Symposium featuring several past recipients of the Godlove Award.


Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. Nearly 16,450 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs at RIT, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2009 edition of The Best 368 Colleges and in Barron’s Best Buys in Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT as a “Great College to Work For.”


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