Kremers Award

Edward Kremers in 1933

Originally established in 1961, the Edward Kremers Award honors Professor Edward Kremers (1865-1941), a pioneer of pharmacy education in the United States, distinguished historian of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, and one of the founders of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy.

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy 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 shall be awarded without regard to citizenship or nationality. 

A competition for the Edward Kremers Award shall be conducted biennially, in even-numbered years. The Institute shall issue a public call for nominations and provide notice of such call to organizations and groups with an active interest in scholarship in the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. Nominations shall be submitted on a form established and published by the Institute, and must include a copy of the book or series of articles that is the basis for the nomination. 

Nominations for the award shall be evaluated on the basis of (i) the significance of the book or series of articles to scholarship in the field of the history of pharmacy, and pharmaceuticals, and (ii) the quality of the research, interpretation and presentation of the subject matter of the book or series of articles. 

Nominations for the Edward Kremers Award shall be evaluated and judged by a panel comprised of the Institute’s Historical Director and four other distinguished historians of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals selected by the Historical Director and confirmed by AIHP’s Board of Directors. The panel of judges, by majority vote, may award the Edward Kremers Award to one of the nominees. The panel has the discretion to conclude the competition without awarding the Edward Kremers Award. 

The Edward Kremers Award shall be presented at the International Congress for the History of Pharmacy or such other event or location as the Institute may determine. 

Nominations for the Kremers Award: A nomination form and other instructions for nominations for the 2022 Edward Kremers Award are forthcoming.

History of Edward Kremers Award: Prior to 2020, the Edward Kremers Award was conferred upon a citizen of the United States for an original and scholarly publication, or a single series of interrelated publications, appearing anywhere in the world and pertaining primarily to historical or historico-social aspects of pharmacy (including the history of the materia medica). Evaluation was based on the competence of the research and on the skill of interpretation and presentation. The AIHP Board of Directors adopted the current protocol for the Kremers Award in August 2020.

Previous Winners of the Kremers Award

Brief Biography of Edward Kremers

The second Director of the University of Wisconsin Department of Pharmacy and the first Dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, Edward Kremers was instrumental in the development of modern university-based pharmacy education.

Kremers also firmly believed that humanistic and historical research and knowledge benefited professional and scientific disciplines.  As early as 1892, he argued that  “In our utilitarian and materialistic age, too little attention is given to history even in the academic courses of our colleges and universities. The professional student should at least have a fair knowledge of the history of his profession.” Twenty years later, in the introduction to his Bibliographic Guide for Students of the History of Pharmacy, Kremers explained that “appreciating the broadening effort which even a cursory study of the history of pharmacy by the pharmacy student must have on his necessarily technical course of education, the writer has always sought to interest his students in the evolution of their calling.”

The Edward Kremers Award honors Prof. Kremers pioneering research in the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals and recognizes scholars who continue to bridge the divisions between the humanities and the health sciences.

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