Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. França.
Born in Paris, François Sémah is an engineer in applied geology who specialized in Quaternary geology during his doctoral work (1979). After conducting research in France and the South Pacific, his habilitation (1984) addressed the chronology of hominid-bearing sites in Java (Indonesia), where he has conducted prehistoric excavations since 1987, and was awarded the CNRS silver medal in 1994. His current research interest concerns the chronology and dynamics of human dispersals throughout the archipelagos of Southeast Asia. He is currently a professor (dist.) at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris), where he is co-chair of the Quaternaire et Préhistoire master's degree programme (affiliated with the Erasmus Mundus International Master's Programme in Quaternary and Prehistory), and is involved in international projects regarding the scientific and cultural development of prehistoric heritage.