Sonnedecker Prize

Glenn Sonnedecker in 1966

Established in 2015, the Glenn Sonnedecker Prize honors the contributions of Glenn Sonnedecker to the field of the history of pharmacy and aims to encourage research in subjects central to his work. The Sonnedecker Prize is 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). Submissions from multiple authors will be accepted.

The Glenn Sonnedecker Prize consists of a monetary cash prize of $1,000. If an awarded article has multiple authors, the monetary award will be divided among the authors.

Eligibility: Articles published (including electronic appearance) in peer-reviewed journals are eligible for consideration. The article must focus on the history pharmacy practice or the history of pharmacy education or aspects of the history of both pharmacy practice and pharmacy education in the United States (including the Colonial Period). Award winners will demonstrate originality of scholarship and clear contribution to the study of the history of pharmacy.

Submission of articles: Please email a PDF copy of the published article to AIHP’s Executive Director at and use “Sonnedecker Prize” as the subject of your email. Nominations can also be mailed to AIHP’s office at 777 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI, 53705. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for nominations is July 1.

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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