British Society celebrates 50th anniversary

The first weekend in April, the annual spring conference of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy (BSHP) was held in London to celebrate the societies 50th anniversary, as it was founded in 1967. Participants had the opportunity to visit the new headquarter of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society with an exhibition of historical objects in the ground floor. Presentations were given about BSHP history, its journal ‘Pharmaceutical Historian”, which is now turning to become international, the London School of Pharmacy and many other topics. President Roy Allcorn was able to cut a huge birthday cake, which has been donated.



In Memoriam: Yngve Torud

ISHP regrets to announce the death of Yngve Torud, former president of the ISHP, passed away on 12th January 2017, at the age of 76.

Born January 30, 1940, he studied pharmacy in Oslo (1965), was provisor at  Lillestrøm apotek and became technical director of the Norwegian Pharmacy Association – Norges Apotekerforening – from 1968. In 1983 he was appointed professor of Pharmacy at the Pharmaceutical Institute in Oslo (Farmasøytisk institutt UiO). From 1989 to 2001 he worked as pharmacist at Svaneapotheket in Oslo.

Yngve Torud was a distinguished historian of pharmacy, he published numerous articles and edited several books including Apotekfarmasi gjennom 100 år (1981). His international professional and scientific activities were well-known. He was president of the ISHP from 1989 to 1999, was member of the Norwegian Society for the History of Pharmacy and served as its president from 2003 to 2017 and also was a member of the International Academy of the History of Pharmacy.

Among his many honors for his professional work were the medal Det giftige kors (Crux venenifera), Norways highest award in pharmacy in 1999 and La médaille de la Ville de Paris in 1995.

Yngve Torud will best be remembered as a kind, gentle man with a great sense of humor and generous spirit, and a deep bass. He was respected by colleagues worldwide, they will miss him very much.


2017 ISHP Fellowship granted
Dear colleagues and friends, members of the ISHP,

The ISHP Commission for the Research Fellowship is delighted to announce that the ISHP Fellowship 2017 was awarded to the project of Mr. Markus Maxim from the Institute for the History of Pharmacy, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. His project will be supported by the fellowship grant in a sum of € 2500.-. The title of the project is: “Transmission of medical-pharmaceutical knowledge between East Africa and Europe in the context of the Bethel Missions in the 20th century“.

The ISHP will continue to support pharmaceutical history research proposals of international relevance and will welcome proposals in 2018. Proposals for the 2019 ISHP Fellowship may be sent in English language to the ISHP General secretary by the end of August 2018 and must include:
• a detailed description of the research project which is usually but not necessarily done at an academic institution
• a detailed discussion of the project’s relevance in terms of internationality
• a curriculum vitae of the applicant
• a confirmation that the applicant is a member of ISHP issued by his national organization
• a list of former research projects and publications of the applicant
• a letter of recommendation from a senior academic teacher
• a detailed list of expenses expected (i.e. costs for traveling, obtaining literature etc.)
The proposals will be judged by a fellowship committee comprised of the ISHP President, the ISHP General Secretary and three distinguished scientist in the field of pharmaceutical history, nominated by the Select Executive Committee.

General Secretary,
Dusanka Krajnovic,PhD Pharm

30Th December, 2016