Robert L. Wolke, chemistry professor, author of ‘How Einstein …’ food science books

Wolke—a Pitt professor emeritus of chemistry known for his ability to interpret chemistry to the least-experienced students and the public, and his talent for developing faculty and facilities—died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on Aug. 29, 2021. He was 93.

“He was a brilliant scientist, gifted teacher and a real raconteur,” said W. Richard Howe, associate dean for administration and planning in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences. Howe recalled Wolke as “an active contributor to any discussion with a wealth of insights, facts and personal experiences.

Read a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary