Born in São Paulo in 1932, September 22nd, Elias Rosenthal spent most of his childhood in Piracicaba (SP), where he graduated as a teacher at Normal School Sud Menucci. In 1953, he moved to Sao Paulo, for good, where he studied Pharmacy and Dentistry at the University of Sao Paulo (FOUSP) , finishing it in 1956 , and started working as a Dental Surgeon. He married Anna in 1958 and they had three children; Julio, Sonia and Eliana, which bore them four grandchildren: Lucas, Thais, Eduardo and Stephanie (see picture). He used to travel with his family and always encouraged children and grandchildren to study, teaching them cultural and moral values.

Foto com a família

Since his youth he was an admirer of ancient cultures, leading him to visit museums in Brazil and abroad, enhancing his background.

Visiting Deutsches Museum, in München, Germany, in 1986, was the landmark that influenced him to create the Museum of Dentistry in Sao Paulo. Elected as President of Paulista Association of Dental Surgeons (Associação Paulista de Cirurgiões Dentistas - APCD) - District of Pinheiros he launched his platform for building the Museum of Dentistry of Sao Paulo (MOSP). His dream came true thanks to his commitment and to helpful colleagues, which started collecting a wide range of instruments, tools and materials, being now permanently exhibited in the Museum and Library of Dentistry of Sao Paulo (Instituto Museu e Biblioteca de Odontologia de Sao Paulo- IMOSP), located in the Central APCD.Around 14 (forteen) temporary exhibitions were organized such as: Congress, Meetings, Journeys and Celebrations Days. In order to stimulate the growth of similar museums in Brazil, Elias promoted a series of meetings with Directors of Museums of Dentistry of Brazil, that motivated the development of their activities.

Elias Rosenthal died in 2001, January 19th, in Sao Paulo; he is an author of several articles and books : “ Cem Anos da Descoberta dos Raios X”; “ Os Dentes e o Folclore no Brasil”- published in 1995 and 1998- respectively. The edition of “Odontologia no Brasil no Seculo XX” published in August 2001, contributed to the future of the profession, through the knowledge from the past to its evolution .

His book “Evolução da Endodontia” was published in December 2005.

See the picture of the family at the day of the issue of the book.