Dr. Francois Gendron, MA, PHD, French MNHN
A Short Biography
Dr François Gendron is Treasurer and past Vice President of ADMAT-FRANCE and has been working with ADMAT since 2000, conducting research on the French shipwrecks. During this time, every French wreck ADMAT has conducted archaeological surveys on, François has advised. He is one of ADMAT's key archaeologists in France and he is assisted by Florence Prudhomme. He and Florence Prudhomme are ADMAT's liaison with the French museums and archaeological institutions.
François major claim to fame is that he and his research team, found the identification and full story of the Perfume Bottle Wreck. From the maritime archaeological information collected from the surveys, François and his team identified the Perfume Bottle Wreck as the shipwreck “Le Casimir”. This was a major breakthrough, and he even confirmed Dr. Spooner's wrecking process for this ship, by comparing his archaeological wrecking process from the information on site, with the information he found in the archives. The information he found, proved Dr. Spooner's wrecking process 99% which was a record. In addition he conducted some research on Jean Louis Favre, the Captain’ Casimir and on perfume bottles with the help of the famous French Laboratory C2RMF (Centre de Recherches et de Restauration des Musées de France) located in “Le Louvre Palace”. These researches have been published in academic reviews (Annales de Normandie, 61 (1) and Revue Archéologique de l'Ouest, 33).
In 1993 he was awarded a Diploma of Elaborated Studies (D.E.A.) in History and Civilizations at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Promoted as a Doctor in Archaeology in 1998 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He discovered, in 1996, the Olmec Blue jadeite-jade deposit on the Southside Motagua valley, Guatemala. He graduated as a specialist in Gemmology.
François during his military service in the French Navy was awarded in 1983 the Overseas Medal with coupling pin "Lebanon"; and the National Defense Medal with coupling pin "War Boat".
In Paris, he was in charge of the Amerindian Collection at the “Musée de l’Homme” until the closing in year 2001 before joining in 2004 the Prehistoric Department (Hommes et Environnements since 2017) at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle. He is also a member of several sporting and scholarly Societies “Fédération Française d’Études et de Sports Sous-Marins”, “Association Culturelle pour l’Étude et la Recherche en Archéologie Préhispanique”, “Société Française d’Histoire Maritime” et de “l’International Council Of Museum”…
He supervised many archaeological campaigns especially in Mexico (Monte Alban, Oaxaca), Guatemala and French Guiana and is working in cooperation with many research Institutes and French and European Universities.
He’s a 3 star CMAS Diver, Level 4 FFESSM, Professional Diving Suit Class II B and enjoys diving on historical shipwrecks!