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Memory Elvin-Lewis

Memory Elvin-Lewis

Washington University in St. Louis



Memory Elvin-Lewis has received university degrees from the University of British Columbia, BA (1952); D.Sc. Honoris Causa (2012), University of Pennsylvania, M.Sc. in Medical Microbiology (1957), Baylor University (M.Sc. in Virology and Epidemiology (1960), the University of Leeds Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology (1966) and Andrews University (D.Sc. Honoris Causa (2003). She has been the recipient of many national and international awards and honors including the Silver Medal, “Primio Martín De La Cruz”; Mexican Academy of Traditional Medicine (2001), Distinguished Economic Botanist, Society of Economic Botany (2006) and Dr. E.K. Janaki Ammal Medal, Society of Ethnobotanists, India (2008). She has been President of the Microbiology Sections of both the American Association of Dental Schools and the International Society of Dental Research and continues to serve on editorial boards or as a reviewer on numerous national and international publications.


Her publications encompass subjects in ethnobotany and ethnopharmocology, medical-dental botany, microbiology, virology, epidemiology, anthropology, legal aspects of benefit sharing, and adverse effects of herbal products. Invited lectures (60 +); Proceeding abstracts (45) Journal articles (53) Book reviews (7) and Book chapters (25), Books (2) with W.H. Lewis. Medical Botany: Plant affecting Human Health. John Wiley, NY . Ed 1, (1977) 516pp; Ed 2. (2003) 850 pp