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Michael Gannon, Ph.D.


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Dr. Michael Gannon

Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History, University of Florida

Dr. Michael GannonDr. Gannon holds graduate degrees from Catholic University, Washington, D.C., the Université de Louvain, Belgium, and the University of Florida.

He specializes in the Spanish colonial history of Florida, about which he has written extensively. His Florida-based publications include four books: Rebel Bishop, The Cross in the Sand, Florida: A Short History, and The New History of Florida. He is a contributor to numerous others, including Spanish Influence in the Caribbean, Florida and Louisiana, 1500-1800, published at Madrid, Spain, and The Hispanic Experience in North America, published by Ohio State University. HarperCollins, NY published Dr. Gannon's naval histories, Operation Drumbeat (1990) and Black May (1998). His most recent book, Pearl Harbor Betrayed (2001), was published by Henry Holt, NY. Many of his articles on history, religion, military affairs and ethics have appeared in national journals and magazines.

Awards and recognitions include Citizen of the Year (1972), Gainesville, Fl, The Florida Historical Society awarded him the first Arthur W. Thompson Prize in Florida History. In June 1990 the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, conferred on him the highest academic award of that country, "Knight Commander of the Order of Isabel la Cattica. In 1993 the St. Augustine Historical Society awarded him its Award for Excellence. The Tampa Historical Society gave him its D.B. McKay Award in 1996, and in 2000 he was named by the Gainesville Sun one of the 50 most "notable citizens" of Gainesville and north central Florida during the 20th century.

In 1997 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Florida Humanities Council. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Historical St. Augustine Research Institute, 2000-2002.

Dr. Gannon can be reached at 2707 NW 22nd Avenue, Gainesville, Fl 32605, (352) 377-0962,