Edward F. Wente (born 1930) is an American professor emeritus of Egyptology and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 1959 and lectured there from 1963-1996. He is also a longstanding member of the Oriental Institute, Chicago. One of his major works is Letters from Ancient Egypt (1990), published by the Scholarly Press. In 1999 the Oriental Institute published a collection of essay's by Egyptologits in honor of Edward Wente "Gold of Praise: Studies on Ancient Egypt in Honor of Edward F. Wente".