OCAD University
Robin Kingsburgh
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

Astronomy, Physics, Colour, Science


Dr. Robin Kingsburgh completed her Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1992 at University College London, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mexico from 1993-1996. Her research interests from that period included planetary nebulae and their central stars, and Wolf-Rayet stars. Since 1996 she has been teaching various Natural Science courses at York University, including Understanding Colour and Science and Creativity. Since 2006 she has been teaching science to artists and designers at the Ontario College of Art & Design University, including Astronomy, Modern Physics and The Science of Colour. She has curated numerous shows in the Toronto area, including Nuit Blanche Independent Projects, and artwork inspired by the ideas and methodologies of science. Her painting experience comes from studies in Toronto, Aix-en-Provençe, London, and Haliburton, and has paralleled her scientific development. Kingsburgh has exhibited in Toronto in solo and group shows for the past few years. She currently has a studio in Toronto’s St Clair West neighbourhood.


1988:  Bachelor of Science: Astronomy & Physics, University of Toronto

1992:  Doctor of Philosophy: Astronomy, University College London; Ph.D. Thesis title: Ultra-Hot Stars and their Surrounding Nebulae


Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2011-present:  Executive Member at Large, Colour Research Society of Canada

2009-present:  Member, Education Committee; Chair, Science & Faith Subcommittee, St Thomas's Anglican Church

2008-09:          Member, International Year of Astronomy Canadian Image Curatorial Team