Document Type



Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Biographical Information; Military Service; University of Michigan; University of Oregon Dental School; Teaching and Research; Department of Biomaterials; Dental Amalgam Research; Professional Associations and Awards; Changes in Biomaterials; Engineering Background; Family Life


David Mahler, Ph.D., begins by discussing his family background and childhood, born and raised in Yonkers, New York. He then talks about his education and military service, earning a degree at the University of Michigan, focusing on aeronautical engineering, and enlisting in the U.S. Navy's V-12 Program. Mahler then describes becoming interested in dentistry, applying for a research position at the University of Michigan's Department of Dental Materials where he eventually earned his Ph.D. in Dental Materials and Engineering Mechanics. He then discusses how he became involved at the University of Oregon Dental School, asked to start a program in biomaterials as well as his opinions on the evolution of the university's administration. Mahler discusses his research in dental amalgam and changes in biomaterials as well as more about his engineering background. He concludes by talking a bit about his family life.


Transcript of oral history interview with David Mahler, Ph.D., conducted on November 19, 2009 by J. Henry Clarke, D.M.D.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Dentistry


CC BY 4.0 (

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.