The first Kremers Award presented in 1962 to Professor James Harvey Young in for his book Toadstool Millionaires.

Since its founding in 1941, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has sought to encourage and recognize research and writing about the history of pharmacy. AIHP sponsors several awards and prizes intended to promote scholarship about topics related to the history of pharmacy. AIHP has established different types of awards to recognize the work of historians of pharmacy at all levels from undergraduates to established scholars.

AIHP awards the George Urdang Medal to recognize the lifetime achievements of a person who, over a sustained period, has made important scholarly contributions to the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. The George Urdang Medal is awarded without regard to citizenship or nationality. A competition for the George Urdang Medal is conducted biennially, in odd-numbered years.

AIHP awards the Edward Kremers Award to recognize the author(s) of a specific book, or a series of related articles, in the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals that exhibits high standards of scholarship, superior quality, and distinguished merit. The Edward Kremers Award is awarded without regard to citizenship or nationality. A competition for the Edward Kremers Award is held biennially, in even-numbered years. 

Each year, AIHP awards the Glenn Sonnedecker Prize to the author(s) of the best unpublished manuscript, on a topic within the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. The Prize is aimed at graduate students and Early Career Scholars.

The Robert P. Fischelis Award honors the contributions of Robert P. Fischelis to the organizational wellbeing of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, and calls attention to particularly meritorious and commendable actions that have an important impact on the field of history of pharmacy overall or on the Institute itself. Current and former members of AIHP’s Board of Directors and current AIHP members may nominate an individual or an organization to receive the Fischelis Award. The AIHP Board of Directors reviews nominations and determines whether or not to confer the award.

AIHP Awards Certificates of Commendation to individuals or to organizations in recognition of those who contribute significantly to the understanding and development of pharmacy through any type of historical project or program especially in local or regional history. Several Certificates of Commendation may be authorized in a given year if the candidates have attained an appropriate quality and distinctiveness of achievement. AIHP awards Certificates of Commendation to recognize activities or historical endeavors by individuals or organizations that (i) advance knowledge or understanding of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals; or (ii) utilize the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals to address or advance understanding of contemporary issues. Certificates of Commendation are not intended to recognize individuals for peer-reviewed academic publications.

The AIHP Student Recognition Certificate program encourages and recognizes historical study and other historical activities among undergraduate pharmacy students. We hope to make some further contribution nationally toward an appreciation of the humanistic side of pharmacy among students entering the profession. The primary purpose is to recognize and encourage superior achievement in the pharmaco-historical study or activity by a student in each school of pharmacy in the United States that wishes to participate.

Advancing knowledge and understanding of the history of pharmacy and medicines.

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AIHP Wants to Document Your COVID-19 Stories and Experiences

AIHP COVID-19 ProjectThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is documenting and preserving pharmacy stories and experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic for the benefit of future historians and scholars. We seek to record the effects of this public health emergency on all types of pharmacy experiences. We invite you to share your pharmacy stories, photos, videos, artifacts, and other documentation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

You can participate in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project either (1) by immediately sharing your thoughts/experiences and/or submitting digital materials or (2) by signifying your to intention to submit materials in the future. Please comply with all applicable local or state stay-at-home orders while self-documenting.

Please click the link below to learn more about participating in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project.

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Access the Pharmacy in History JSTOR Archive
All past issues of Pharmacy in History have been digitized and are text-searchable at JSTOR.

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming events of interest to historians of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, medicines, science, and related fields. (Event information current when posted. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please double-check the status of all events): 

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