Kremers Award

Established in 1961, the Edward Kremers Award is conferred 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 is based on the competence of the research and on the skill of interpretation and presentation. The Kremers Award is conferred on the same basis as the Urdang Medal, except that the candidates for the Kremers Award must be citizens of the United States.

Nomination Form: The Kremers Award Nomination Form (.pdf) may be completed by anyone. If additional copies of a form are needed, duplicates are acceptable. The forms are intentionally brief, and limited to the essential information directly related to the purpose for which an award has been authorized. (Extended biographical information or testimonial statements are not solicited, since the AIHP does not presently have an award recognizing accumulated career contributions.)

Deadline: Completed nomination forms may be submitted an any time, but must be received before April 30 for the 2019 competition. Nominations received thereafter will be considered in the following year’s competition.

Nomination Forms Automatically Renewed: Unsuccessful candidates will also be considered in two subsequent years. Eventually an unsuccessful candidate will be either dropped from consideration or transferred to an award category where the prospect may be more promising.

Submissions: Please submit the completed nomination form and copies of the nominated publication(s) to: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, 777 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI  53705.

Previous Winners of the Kremers Awards

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 recognizes scholars who continue to bridge the divisions between the humanities and the health sciences.


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