Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey, United States
Michael H. Brill, PhD, Physicist at Datacolor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematical physics, perception, and color.
Dr. Brill became involved in his profession by following his natural curiosity of physics, especially by the aspects of perception. When it came to the science of color, he attributes his interest to contributions made by Edwin Land, one a paradox and another theory which Dr. Brill believed he could improve upon. What grew out of these interests has been a long and successful career as a scientist and researcher. He first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and physics at Case Western Reserve University in 1965 before attending Syracuse University, where he earned a Master of Science in physics in 1971. He went on to complete a PhD in physics in 1976 with Syracuse University, holding a postdoctoral fellowship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1977.
Early in his career, Dr. Brill worked as a physicist for Perception Technical Corporation and as a Chief Scientist at Solotest Corporation. In 1980, he joined the staff at Jaycor to work as a senior scientist for three years, and from 1983 to 1994, Dr. Brill provided his expertise as a senior staff scientist with Science Applications and International Corporation (SAIC). For the remainder of the 1990s and into the early 2000s, he worked as a member of the technical staff of the Sarnoff Corporation (now SRI International). In the early 2000s, Dr. Brill split his time between working as an individual consultant and book review editor for Physics Today. In 2003, Dr. Brill joined Datacolor at a principal color scientist, becoming a manager of science and technology in 2007, and in 2014 was promoted once again to the position of research director within the company.
Some of Dr. Brill’s achievements include the development of a retina model with adaptive contrast sensitivity and resolution. He also developed a volumetric theory of color constancy and broken-mirror model of acoustic rough-surface scattering. Furthermore, he has developed a formulation of theories of perspective invariance in images, algorithms for addressing colors in multi-primary displays, and is a patent holder in the field.
For his contributions, Dr. Brill has received numerous awards, including the Nickerson Service Award from the Inter-Society Color Council, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement from the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. Throughout his career, he has maintained affiliation with such organizations as the American Society for Testing and Materials International (now ATSM), the Optical Society, the Society for Information Display (now SID), and the Society for Imaging Sciences and Technology.
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