John Krauskopf, PhD

John Krauskopf, PhD  was  widely recognized for numerous and wide-ranging contributions to experimental psychology and visual science, passed away this month following a long struggle with Parkinson's disease at the age of 87.

Dr. Krauskopf earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Following graduation, he became a research psychologist (1st Lieutenant) in the U.S. Army. During his career, he held research positions at the Lorrin Riggs laboratory at Brown University, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Bell Laboratories.

He also served on the faculty of a number of educational institutions, including Brown University; Rutgers University; Bryn Mawr College; St. John's College, Cambridge; the University of Rochester and New York University, where he was research professor of neural science until 2003.

Dr. Krauskopf is best known for a series of papers he co-authored that identify the cardinal axes of color space, a space that he and his collaborators used to analyze chromatic channels in primates, as well as human color discrimination and the appearance of color-defined motion.

In 1999, Dr. Krauskopf received the Verriest Medal from the International Color Vision Society. That same year he became an Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow, and he won the OSA Tillyer Award in 2004.