AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize

Glenn Sonnedecker in 1966

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy awards the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize to the author(s) of the best unpublished manuscript received in an annual competition on a topic within the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals.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 researchers (ECRs). (See eligibility requirements below). Co-authored papers are eligible for the Sonnedecker Prize competition, provided all listed authors meet eligibility requirements.

The recipient of the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize is awarded a $1,000 cash prize (co-authored papers will split the cash award), and the manuscript will be published in AIHP’s journal, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, upon successful completion of peer- and editorial-review processes.

The Institute is pausing the 2024 Glenn Sonnedecker Prize to reevaluate it for the future. The pause will take place for one year, during which time the AIHP will evaluate its overall grant-making operations and its awards programs to align with the Institute’s mission and current activities. Please check back for further updates or subscribe to AIHP social media channels for announcements.


Instructions for Submissions (2023)

The deadline for submission of manuscripts for the 2023 competition is June 1, 2023. Manuscripts should be emailed to using the subject heading “Sonnedecker Prize Submission.”

Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated and judged by a panel comprised of the Institute’s Historical Director and four members of the Editorial Board of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. The panel will announce the Sonnedecker Prize decision in August.

Eligibility requirements are:

  1. The submitted manuscript must be a on topic related to the history of pharmacy or pharmaceuticals.
  2. The manuscript should be 8,000-10,000 words and submitted in Microsoft Word format. Authors should consult the HoPP Author Guidelines when preparing their submission. Papers in languages other than English should be accompanied by a translation.
  3. The submitted manuscript must not have been published, currently committed for publication, or under consideration for publication at any other journal.
  4. The author(s) of the submitted manuscript must agree to allow publication of the manuscript in History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals.
  5. The author(s) must be graduate students and/or early career researchers (ECRs). AIHP defines ECRs as holders of tenure-track positions who received the PhD within the previous three years or members of the academic precariat in limited term positions who received the PhD within the previous six years.

Previous Winners of the Sonnedecker Prize


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,which changed its name to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals in 2021.

2015 Sonnedecker
Glenn Sonnedecker examines an artifact with visiting scholar Halil Tekiner in 2015

The former Executive Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy from 1957-1973 and 1981-1985, Glenn Sonnedecker was an influential historian of pharmacy. Sonnedecker received his PhD in History of Science and History of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin in 1952, and he taught at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Pharmacy from 1952 to 1986. In addition to being the founding editor of AIHP’s academic journal, he edited or authored more than a dozen books and pamphlets and 100+ articles on the history of pharmacy. He died in June 2021, at the age of 103.

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.

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