Michael A. Flannery is the Associate Director for Historical Collections, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, and a professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also holds adjunct appointments with the departments of history and sociology. Mr. Flannery holds a MA from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a MLS from the University of Kentucky. The author of seven books, his John Uri Lloyd: The Great American Eclectic (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998) received the Kremers Award in 2001 from the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy for outstanding scholarship by an American. He is also an elected lifetime member of the Academie internationale d’histoire de la pharmacie. Outside the field of pharmacy, Mr. Flannery has received the Gottlieb Prize for outstanding scholarship by a librarian from the Medical Library Association in 2002 and the Archivist & Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences Publications Award for 2006. Besides writing on a wide range of historical topics in science and medicine, Flannery has published on the history of medical ethics (“Healers at the Pool of Bethesda” in Fides et Historia and “Razing the Ivory Tower” with Jason Wasserman and J M Clair in Journal of Medical Ethics).
An avid student of the history of ideas and science, his current interest is in Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discoverer of natural selection. His most recent book Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution explores Wallace as an early intelligent design theorist and his uniquely theistic evolution outlined in his World of Life (1910). Flannery’s work on Wallace has also appeared in Forbes magazine. His work on the life and legacy of Wallace continues. Most recently he has published "Planetary History, Wallace, and Natural Selection" in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History v. 43, n. 1 (Summer 2012): 63-76. He also is the author of Pharmaceutical Education in the Queen City: 150 Years of Service, 1850-2000 (Informa Healthcare, 2001) and Civil War Pharmacy: A History of Drugs, Drug Supply and Provision, and Therapeutics for the Union and Confederacy (Informa Healthcare, 2004).