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Louis Schmidt Award


The Louis Schmidt Award had its beginnings in photography of biology and medicine. With progress of all communication technologies, it has grown to recognize the expanded and expanding fields of all forms of biological communication.

Selection Criteria

This award is bestowed for exceptional contributions made during an extended career and over a period of time that may still be ongoing. Louis Schmidt laureates are selected according to the four core criteria listed below:

  • Recognition of outstanding contributions to the progress of communications within the life sciences
  • Promotion of understanding and cooperation within the field of biocommunications
  • Maintenance of an ethical approach to professional relationships
  • Willingness to freely share technical information

Nomination Process

Nominations are welcomed and may be submitted by anyone. Nomination forms can be downloaded here. All nominations should be directed to the current Schmidt Committee Chair or the Committee Secretary.

A formal nomination requires sponsorship by a Louis Schmidt Laureate. This sponsorship can be sought from any Louis Schmidt Laureate, it does not have to be sponsored by a current member of the Schmidt Committee.

The Schmidt committee is composed of the nine most recent Schmidt laureates, this group makes the final selection of the recipient.

Schmidt Laureates

* Current member of the Louis Schmidt Award Committee

2020 Danielle Edwards, FBCA *
2019 Ted Kinsman, BS, MS *Download program
2018 Kathy McFall, MSc, FIMI, RMIP *Download program
2017 Richard A. McNeely *Download program
2016 Charles A. Hedgcock, RBP, FBCA *Download program
2015 James M. Fosse, RBP, FBCA *Download program
2014 Paul Crompton, FBCA *Download program
2013 John Hendrix, RBP, FBCA *Download program
2012 James Hayden, RBP, FBCA *Download program
2011 Gale Spring, FBPADownload program
2010 Andrew DavidhazyDownload program
2009 Steven J. Harrison, PhD, CMI, FBPADownload program
2008 Norman J. Barker, RBP, FBPADownload program
2007 Michael R. Peres, RBP, FBPADownload program
2006 Gigi Williams, FBPADownload program
2005 Sam Giannavola, RBP, FBPADownload program
2004 Robert C. Turner, RBP, FBPADownload program
2003 Joseph Ogrodnick, FBPADownload program
2002 W. David Tredinnick, FBPA, FRPS, Hon. FIMI
2001 William Stenstrom, FBPADownload program
2000 Herbert R. Smith, Jr., FBPADownload program
1999 Richard M. Williams, FBPA
1998 Heather Angel, DSC, FRPS, FBIPP
1997 Ronald F. Irvine, RBP, FBPA
1996 Kenneth V. Michaels, FBPA
1995 Dan R. Patton, RBP, FBPA
1994 Wilmer Renner, RBP, FBPA
1993 A. Robin Williams, PhD, DGPPh, FISTC, FRMS, FRPS, FIMI, FBIPP, FBPA
1992 Nicholas M. Graver, RBP, FBPA
1991 Robert F. Sisson, RBP, FBPA
1990 Raymond E. Lund, RBP, FBPA
1989 Thomas P. Hurtgen, FBPA
1988 Ralph Marshall, PhD, FRPS, FBIPP
1987 Martin L. Scott, FBPA
1986 Nile Root, RBP, FBPA
1985 Leon J. LeBeau, FBPA, FIMBI
1984 Percy Brooks, RBP, FBPA
1983 H. Paul Newman, RBP, FBPA
1982 Leslie Bowcock, MB, ChB, AIMBI
1981 I. Lloyd Matlovsky, RBP, FBPA
1980 Fritz W. Goro, FBPA
1979 Donald H. Fritts, RBP, FBPA
1978 John P. Vetter, RBP, FBPA
1977 Lardner A. Coffey, RBP, FBPA
1976 Charles P. Hodge, RBP, FBPA
1975 E. Lynn Baldwin, RBP, FBPA
1974 Roger P. Loveland, FBPA
1973 Stanley Klosevych, RBP, DpIRMS, FBPA
1972 Clifford L. Freehe, RBP, FBPA
1971 Stephen P. Dittmann, RBP, FBPA
1970 Verlin Y. Yamamoto, RBP, FBPA
1969 Laurence B. Brown, RBP, FBPA
1968 Chester F. Reather, RBP, FBPA
1967 not awarded
1966 John V. Butterfield, FBPA
1965 Howard E. Tribe, RBP, FBPA
1964 Peter Hansell, MD, RBP, FBPA
1963 Maria E. Ikenberg, RBP, FBPA
1962 Stanley J. McComb, RBP, FBPA
1961 Warren Sturgis, RBP, FBPADownload program
1960 H. Lou Gibson, RBP, FBPA
1959 Paul H. Holinger, MD, FBPA
1958 Albert Levin, RBP, FBPA
1957 Lloyd E. Varden, RBP, FBPA
1956 Mervin W. LaRue, Sr., FBPA
1955 C. Graham Eddy, FBPA
1954 Ferdinand R. Harding, RBP, FBPA
1953 Oscar W. Richards, PhD, FBPA
1952 Leonard A. Julin, RBP, FBPA
1951 Ralph P. Creer, FBPA
1950 Stella Zimmer, FBPA
1949 Anne Shiras, FBPA
1948 Leo C. Massopust, FBPA

Louis Schmidt Award

The highest honor in BCA is to be selected a Louis Schmidt Laureate. Named for a founder and the second president of the Association this honor is bestowed "for outstanding contributions to the progress of biological communications."

Louis Schmidt

Symbols of the Schmidt Award include the BCA key inset with a diamond and the Gold Headed Cane - a traditional symbol in medicine of high achievement and honor.

Schmidt Key

A committee of the nine most recent Schmidt laureates makes the selection of the recipient subject to approval by the Executive Committee.

Schmidt Award Committee

Nominations may be directed to the Chair, Ted Kinsman or Secretary, Ken Michaels.

Current Recipients

View current recipients of honors awards.

Nomination Forms

Please go to the Downloads page to download nomination forms which are enabled for electronic completion.

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