Monday, March 19, 2007

AIC Judd Award 2007 to Alan Robertson

The equivalent of the Nobel Prize in color science is the AIC Judd Award. The AIC (Association Internationale de la Couleur), has just informed its member societies that the majority of the Judd Award Committee voted for Dr. Alan R. Robertson as the recipient of the AIC Judd Award 2007.

Since 1973, when Betty Judd proposed to establish an AIC award in memory of her husband, Deane B. Judd, to recognize outstanding work in the field of color science and technology, the International Color Association has been carrying out the process of selection of the recipients for this award every two years. The selection is an arduous procedure that includes nominations presented by AIC members, and analysis of antecedents of the nominees by a Committee mostly composed by previous recipients of the award.

This year there were six nominations, thus it was a difficult “competition.” Seven persons served in the Judd Committee, which was coordinated very successfully by the AIC Vice President, Berit Bergström. The award will be presented to Robertson at the AIC Midterm Meeting in Hangzhou, China, next July 12-14, where he will deliver the special Judd lecture.

Dr. Alan R. Robertson obtained his B. S. and Ph. D. degrees in physics from the University of London, England. He worked at Canada’s National Research Council from 1965 until 2000, first as a research scientist in the Photometry and Radiometry Group specializing in color science and measurement, and later as Director of the Chemical and Mechanical Standards Section. He is now partly retired but continues to work on various color science projects as well as acting as an advisor to the Director General of the NRC’s Institute for National Measurement Standards. Last year he received the ISCC Godlove Award. He is an Associate Editor of Color Research & Application.