Pressman Award

Jack D. Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development
Award in 20th Century History of Medicine or Biomedical Sciences

This award honors Jack D. Pressman, Ph.D., a distinguished historian of medicine and Associate Professor of the History of the Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco at the time of his early and unexpected death in June 1997. The award and stipend of $1,000 is given yearly for outstanding work in twentieth-century history of medicine or medical biomedical sciences, as demonstrated by the completion of the Ph.D. and a proposal to turn the dissertation into a publishable monograph. The Ph.D. must have been completed and the degree granted within the last five years (i.e., 2016–2020). The application must include a curriculum vitae, the dissertation abstract, a one-page summary of the proposed book; a description (not exceeding two pages) of the work to be undertaken for publication; and two letters of support from faculty members knowledgeable about the applicant’s dissertation.

Each applicant’s book proposal for the Pressman Award is evaluated for overall excellence, originality of the proposed project, the historiographic contribution of the project, the feasibility of the project plan, and the potential impact of the project on the career trajectory of the applicant.

The Award will be presented at the 2020 meeting of the Association, to be held May 13-16, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. Reasonable travel expenses will be provided. The application, including all supporting materials, must be submitted by 31 January 2021. Submissions and/or questions should be directed to the Chair of the Pressman–Burroughs Wellcome Committee, Jacob Steere-Williams at More information may be obtained from the committee chair.

Past Pressman Burroughs Wellcome Award Winners

Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Award Committee, 2020-21

Jacob Steere-Williams, Chair
Jessica Martucci
Stephen Pemberton