I always knew I belonged here
Božena Mannová was born on August 22, 1941 in Čáslav. Her father Jaroslav Rada was a teacher of mathematics and physics and he also led his three children to these sciences. In 1963, Božena graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Poděbrady. Already at the beginning of her studies, she married her older colleague Heřman Mann and their daughter was soon born. Her husband was teaching at the faculty later. After graduating, Božena Mannová managed to get a job at the Aritma company in Prague, where the first computers in our country were manufactured. She has remained faithful to the field of computer technology and software engineering her whole life. She further deepened her knowledge in Sudan and Canada, where she and her husband worked at universities. In addition, she studied computer science in Canada and obtained the degree of M. Math. She and her husband never joined the Communist Party, which meant very limited job opportunities for them after returning from Canada in 1972. It was not until 1989 that she began teaching at the Department of Computers, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, where she still works today. Immediately after the Velvet Revolution, she also established cooperation with foreign universities and won a number of international awards for her work. At the time of filming in 2022, she lived in Prague.