Professor Ming Ronnier Luo, University of Zhejiang, awarded the Newton Medal 2020 for his exceptional contribution to colour science.

By Mr Shamim Quadir (Senior Communications Officer), Published (Updated )

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to colour science and colour technology in both academia and industry, Professor Ming Ronnier Luo was awarded the Newton Medal 2020 by the Colour Group of Great Britain last week at City, University of London.

Over the past 35 years Professor Luo has made an exceptional contribution to colour science and colour technology in both academia and industry. Major contributions to colour science include significant advances in colour-difference evaluation, colour-appearance modelling, colour emotion and harmony understanding and prediction, and lighting quality estimation. His mission has always been one of international dissemination of colour expertise.

From 2004 to 2015 he was Professor of Colour Science at the University of Leeds, where he is still a visiting professor. He has created new colour and appearance postgraduate departments at universities in China and Taiwan, and currently holds a full professorship at the University of Zhejiang.

Professor Luo has always worked closely with industry and is the author of 19 patents within areas of colour technology. Many of his new technologies have become successful industrial products, in collaboration with major international companies such as AkzoNobel, J&P Coats, Hewlett Packard, LG Displays, Philips Industries, Samsung, Unilever, and VeriVide.

In his Newton Medal acceptance lecture ‘The Holy Grail of Colour Science’ Professor Luo talked about his 40-year journey in colour science with an overview of the development of colour science outlined in four stages:

1) colour specification
2) colour difference evaluation
3) colour appearance modelling
4) comprehensive colour model

Commenting on the evening, event organiser, Dr Marisa Carmona Rodriguez, said:

"Once again the Newton Medal was hosted by City, University of London. Its 2020 awardee, Professor Ronnier Luo, presented a 40-yr overview on colour models for industry to an attentive Colour Group audience, many interesting questions followed the lecture."

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For further information including Professor Luo’s full biography visit the Colour Group of Great Britain website.

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