General Internal Medicine
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BSc Edin 1946, MB Edin 1947, MRCP Edin 1966 Clin Chem, Fellowship 1968

(Contributed by M F Oliver)

Robert Mahler died aged 81 in May 2006 after a prolonged battle against Parkinson's disease. He came to Britain from Vienna aged 6 and was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and qualified in medicine at Edinburgh University in 1947..

He was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Wales in 1970 having previously held research fellowships and university posts at Hammersmith, Manchester, Dundee, Harvard, and the Karolinska Institute Stockholm. In 1979, he moved to Northwick Park Hospital as a consultant diabetologist and retired in 1990. He was a member of the MRC from 1977-81 and the Commonwealth Scholarship Committee from 1980-93..

He was a Fellow of both the Edinburgh and London Colleges of Physicians and gave much time to the London College where he was a Council member, Censor and Editor of the journal for many years.

A quiet modest man with a warm and ironic sense of humour, he was another of "Hitler's Gifts" to scholarship in Britain. His grand uncle was Gustav Mahler and Robert's great interest was music and opera. This sustained him through the final terrible years of spasms and hypertonia.

He leaves his wife, Maureen, and two sons.