Life took a slightly different turn than I had imagined
Jaromír Bilík was born on 12 January 1918 in Brno. After completing grammar school he enrolled at the Brno University of Technology. When the Nazis ordered the closure of all Czech universities, he interrupted his studies and completed a secondary technical school during the war. After the war he finished his studies and earned the degree of Ing. He was active in the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (CPP) and found a job at the First Brno and Královo Pole Machine Works. He married in 1946, and he and his wife had five children. In 1951 he secured a patent for a method and device for the constant backstream discharge of solid particles. Five years later he started as an assistant professor at the Military Academy in Brno. In 1964 he was awarded the academic title of Candidate of Technical Sciences in the field of machine parts and mechanisms. Although he was a member of the CPP, he was not active, did not attend meetings, and stopped paying his membership fees. During the wave of normalisation in the early 1970s he was declared unreliable because of his bourgeois origin. In 1973 he was fired and struck out of the CPP. He was barred from following his career goal of a university lecturer. He worked at a research institute until his retirement.