Sonnedecker Prize

Glenn Sonnedecker in 1966

Originally established in 2015, the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize honors Professor Glenn Sonnedecker, a distinguished historian of pharmacy, the longtime Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, and the founding editor of the Institute’s academic journal, Pharmacy in History

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy awards the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize to the author(s) of the best unpublished manuscript, on a topic within the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, submitted in an annual competition. The recipient of the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize shall be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and her/his manuscript will be published in AIHP’s journal Pharmacy in History upon, and subject to, successful completion of peer- and editorial-review processes. The AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize shall be awarded without regard to citizenship or nationality.

A competition for the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize shall be conducted annually. The Institute shall issue a public call for manuscripts and provide notice thereof to organizations and groups with an active interest in scholarship in the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. To be eligible for the competition, each of the following conditions must be satisfied: 

  1. The submitted manuscript must be a on topic related to the history of pharmacy or pharmaceuticals.
  2. The submitted manuscript must not have been published or currently committed for publication.
  3. The author(s) of the submitted manuscript must agree to allow publication of the manuscript in Pharmacy in History upon, and and subject to, successful completion of peer- and editorial-review processes.

Submitted manuscripts shall be evaluated and judged by a panel comprised of the Institute’s Historical Director and four members of the Editorial Board of Pharmacy in History. The panel of judges, by majority vote, may award the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize to the author(s) of one submitted manuscript. The panel has the discretion to conclude the competition without awarding the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize. 

Submission of manuscripts: Information and instructions for the submission of unpublished manuscripts for the 2021 Glenn Sonnedecker Prize competition are forthcoming.

History of the Sonnedecker Prize: Prior to 2021, the Sonnedecker Prize was awarded annually for the best original article published during the previous year on the history of some facet of pharmacy practice or pharmacy education in the United States (including the Colonial Period). Articles published (including electronic appearance) in peer-reviewed journals were eligible for consideration. Award winners demonstrated originality of scholarship and clear contribution to the study of the history of pharmacy. The AIHP Board of Directors adopted the current protocol for the Sonnedecker Prize in August 2020.

Previous Winners of the Sonnedecker Prize

Brief Biography of Glenn Sonnedecker
The former Executive Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy from 1957-1973 and 1981-1985, Glenn Sonnedecker is a pioneering historian of pharmacy. Sonnedecker received his Ph.D. in History of Science and History of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin in 1952, and he taught at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy from 1952 to 1986. He was the founding editor of Pharmacy in History, AIHP’s quarterly journal, and has been the editor or author of more than  a dozen books and pamphlets and more than 100 articles on the history of pharmacy.

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