Since its founding in 1941, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has sought to encourage and recognize research, writing, and other activities that advance the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. AIHP sponsors several awards and prizes intended to promote scholarship and other historical endeavors related to pharmacy history. 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Each year, AIHP awards the Glenn Sonnedecker Prize to the author(s) of the best unpublished manuscript submitted in an annual competition on a topic within the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals.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 AIHP Robert P. Fischelis Award honors the contributions of Robert P. Fischelis, a gifted leader of the pharmacy profession and a generous benefactor of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. The Fischelis Award is conferred annually by AIHP’s Board of Directors to a person or organization whose work and actions have made significant and important contributions to the field of the history of pharmacy and medicines and to the mission or organizational well-being of the Institute.
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.
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.
The 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.Read More
Access the Pharmacy in History JSTOR Archive
All past issues of Pharmacy in History have been digitized and are text-searchable at JSTOR.
Note: Academic libraries seeking subscriptions to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals should directly contact the University of Wisconsin Press.Read More
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):
July 22-26, 2023: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Aurora, CO.
August 30-September 2, 2023: Biennial Meeting of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Oslo, Norway.
November 11-14, 2023: Annual Meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Dallas, TX.
December 3-7, 2023: Midyear Clinical Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Anaheim, CA.
January 4-7, 2024: Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, San Francisco, CA.
September 4-7, 2024: 46th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Belgrade Serbia.