Ulrich P. Strauss
Ulrich P. Strauss, 95, of Highland Park, N.J., professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away at home on August 7, 2015.
A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced.
Born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, "Ulli" earned a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University, he embarked on a teaching and research career at Rutgers in 1948. He retired in 1990.
From 1965 to 1971 and 1974 to 1980, Strauss was chair of the Department of Chemistry.
A physical chemist, his specialty was polyelectrolytes. He was particularly proud of having created "polysoaps," prefabricated soap micelles. He foresaw the use of physical chemistry in explaining biological mechanisms.
Supervisor of more than 40 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows, Strauss published more than 100 research articles. His many scientific awards include a Guggenheim fellowship.
An avid bridge player, he also enjoyed tennis, hiking, playing piano, eating well, and attending concerts, opera, and theater.
Strauss is survived by his wife, Elaine; four children, Dorothy Politziner, David Strauss, Elizabeth Strauss, and Evelyn Strauss; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a fund to be established in his name at Rutgers. For further information, contact the family.