Robert L. Wolke (born April 2, 1928) is an American chemist, currently professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a food columnist for The Washington Post, and has written multiple books, which aim to explain everyday phenomena in non-technical terms:
What Einstein Didn't Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions contains answers to everyday questions (e.g. "Why do car batteries go dead in winter?" and "Why does warm beer go flat?"), attempting to explain them scientifically but without using technical terms (though it often shows technical terms after their definitions). It also contains bar bets and "Try it" experiments related to the current subject.
What Einstein Told His Barber: More Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions is a nonfiction book written by Wolke. It is the sequel to What Einstein Didn't Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions.
What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained provides answers to common food science questions. The book also contains recipes by Wolke's wife, . Both the James Beard Foundation and International Association of Culinary Professionals have nominated this book as 2005's best technical or reference book.
What Einstein Told His Cook 2, The Sequel: Further Adventures in Kitchen Science (ISBN 0-393-05869-7) is a nonfiction book and sequel to What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained; this book provides answers to common questions related to kitchen science.
Wolke has won awards such as the American Chemical Society's 2005 James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, International Association of Culinary Professionals' Bert Greene Award, and the James Beard Foundation's award for the best newspaper column.
- Interview with Robert Wolke, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2002
- "Robert Wolke". Robert Wolke. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
- "What Einstein Told His Cook by Robert Wolke - Letters On Pages". web.Archive.org. October 4, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
- "American Chemical Society". assets.acs.org.s3.amazonaws.com. Retrieved March 26, 2019.