Dr. Nicholas Eastaugh

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Dr. Nicholas Eastaugh, Chief Scientist

Nicholas Eastaugh originally trained as a physicist before going on to study conservation and art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where he completed a PhD in scientific analysis and documentary research of historical pigments in 1988. Since 1989 he has been a consultant in the scientific and art technological study of paint and paintings. A frequent lecturer, he is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. In 1999 he co-founded the Pigmentum Project, an interdisciplinary research group developing comprehensive high-quality documentary and analytical data on historical pigments and other artists’ materials. This led to the publication of The Pigment Compendium in 2004, which quickly became a standard reference text in the field. He is also founder and Director of AA&R. Dr. Eastaugh has wide research and publication interests, including developing chronologies of historical materials and the history of technology as applicable to art materials as well as analytical and documentation standards, databases and novel imaging technologies.