In memoriam: Samuel Gotthilf Steinemann (December 5, 1923 – February 22, 2016)
February 26, 2016

In memoriam: Samuel Gotthilf Steinemann (December 5, 1923 – February 22, 2016)

The ITI honors Samuel Gotthilf Steinemann, a highly dedicated research scientist, who played a key role in the groundbreaking work on the use of rough implant surfaces to promote osseointegration. He died in Basel on February 22, 2016 at the age of 92.

As a founding member of the ITI, Samuel Steinemann was actively involved in numerous research projects that were funded by the ITI. In 2005, he was presented with an Honorary Fellowship for his contribution to the ITI's work and implant dentistry as a whole.

Samuel Steinemann studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and was appointed Director and Head of Research at Institut Straumann AG in 1956. In 1962, he went to the University of Lausanne and was appointed Professor of experimental physics in 1968. During all this time, his connection to Straumann remained both active and strong.

"Life is too short for all the complications of poorly healing wounds," said Samuel Steinemann. This persuasion was at the core of his research in the 1970s. At a time when the entire industry and professional circles were convinced that rough surfaces could not lead to clinical success, Samuel Steinemann determined that a rough implant surface was the key to successful osseintegration. He started developing dental implants with titanium plasma spray coatings, thereby initiating a change in the paradigm from smooth to rough surfaces in implant dentistry. And he continued to be the driving force behind the development of all subsequent generations of SLA (sand-blasted, large-grit, acid-etched) surfaces.

"Curiosity, intelligence and persistence – those are the qualities that define a research scientist", he said. And these were the qualities that made him the pioneer of SLActive technology, whose groundbreaking work will continue to be taken up by researchers and clinicians all over the world.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Samuel Gotthilf Steinemann and extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

ITI International Team for Implantology
ITI Headquarters
Peter Merian-Strasse 88
4052 Basel
Switzerland

Phone +41 61 270 83 83
Fax +41 61 270 83 84
E-Mail headquarters@iti.org 

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