Takeru Higuchi Fellowship
Takeru Higuchi (1918 – 1987)
Widely known as "the father of physical pharmacy," he invented the time-release medication capsule, which would release medicine slowly into the bloodstream. In 1939 he completed his Bachelor of Chemistry with Honors at the University of California and his doctorate in physical and organic chemistry in 1943 at the University of Wisconsin. He worked as a research chemist at the University of Akron, and in 1947 joined the University of Wisconsin as an assistant professor.In 1961, he published the Higuchi Equation, which models the rate at which an ointment releases its medication. In 1964, he was made the university's Edward Kremmer Professor of Pharmacy. In 1967 he joined the University of Kansas as Regents Professor of Chemistry, and was founding chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry until 1983. At the time of his death Dr. Higuchi was working at the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital and Clinics.
Siegfried Lindenbaum Scholarship
Siegfried Lindenbaum (1930-1993)
Born in Germany, Siegfried Lindenbaugh moved to the U.S. and earned his doctorate in analytical chemistry from Rutgers Univeristy. He was a research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee for 16 years prior to moving to KU in 1971. He taught Pharmaceutical Chemistry at KU as well as serving as the department’s director of graduate studies during his tenure. His research included studying how bile acids shrink gallstones and analyzing pharmaceutical drugs, especially stability factors. A recent project studied enzyme inhibition to develop rapid and convenient in-vitro tests of drugs under investigation as enzyme inhibitors. He received the Sigillum Magnum Award at the University of Bologna, Italy, in November 1987, the Merz Professorship, JWG Universitaet, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, in the summer of 1990 and was a finalist for KU's Hope Award in 1991.
Joseph Howard Rytting Fellowship
Joseph Howard Rytting (1942-2008)
Joseph Howard Rytting earned his doctorate in physical chemistry from BYU in 1969 and taught in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at KU for 39 years. He was a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and Sigma Xi, and served as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Pharmaceutics.