Prolific Researcher, Gifted Professor: Charles S. ReVelle

Fall 2005

The field of location analysis— using mathematical modeling to determine the optimal and most environmentally-friendly sites for sewage-treatment plants, warehouses, fire stations, reservoirs, and other facilities—is said to owe its origins to Charles S. “Chuck” ReVelle. A professor in the Whiting School of Engineering’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (DoGEE), ReVelle died of lymphoma on August 10 at the age of 67.

Charles S. ReVelle

ReVelle (left) published widely, had a broad interest in environmental subjects, and was known for his contributions to reservoir design. His many interests included reservoir operation, designing nature reserves, and nuclear disarmament. He and his wife, Penelope, published five environmental science textbooks in the 1990s.

A chemical engineer who had evolved into an applied mathematician, ReVelle joined the Engineering faculty in 1971 and was promoted to professor in 1975. He founded DoGEE’s program in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making.

“Chuck was absolutely devoted to the research and careers of his students, dozens of whom now hold faculty positions around the world,” observed Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Whiting School.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters and a granddaughter.

Hopkins held a memorial service for ReVelle on September 11.

The family has requested that memorial donations be directed to the Charles S. ReVelle Scholarship Fund, 144 New Engineering Building, 3003 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.