Turning a Calling Into a Career
Mathematics and especially its inherent degree of precision has been fascinating for Manfred Broy as early as in school. “It was only much later that I realized that the fondness for truly wanting to permeate a subject matter, ultimately to formalise it, and my talent for doing just that, is at the core of software development.” As it were, Manfred Broy turned his calling into a career and his passion for precise conceptualisation and definitional accuracy allows him to approach one of the main challenges in writing complex software programmes with ease.
For Manfred Broy it gets especially interesting when the objective is to represent the “real” world with the appropriate precisely phrased variables, so that software systems are able to interact with it. “These so-called embedded systems have dimensions that are hard to grasp for a normal person: a modern premium car includes software consisting of a hundred million lines of programming code. Just imagine, an ordinary book of 300 pages is made up of ten thousand lines, so accordingly the software for a car like that consists of ten thousand books.”
Retired and Working Full-time
Here, Manfred Broy is not just interested in modelling such systems, but especially in the correlations and dramatic impact their application has on society, culture, education and politics.
“Never in human history has there been a technology, which has reached so many people in such a short timeframe, and which has changed their way of life in such a dramatic way.” This as of yet neither managed nor entirely predictable impact of Computer Science on humans, on basic rights, such as privacy and informal self-determination, is what prevents Broy from finding rest.
After his retirement Broy became the founding president of the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (Bavarian Centre for Digitalisation) in Garching. In this role he is contributing his instinct for technological trends he wants to “quickly identify and promote” on the one hand, and make “socially responsible” on the other. Here he is able to intensively concentrate on precisely those key issues that concern him: the digital transformation at universities, in businesses and their design, also with regard to Bavaria’s competitive and successful path into the fourth industrial age. “I am not retired”, the Emeritus of Excellence says, “I have a full-time job. Now I am able to focus on the essential issues.”
Diploma Mathematics 1976, Doctorate 1980, Habilitation 1982
Manfred Broy has completed his studies, doctorate and habilitation at TUM. At Passau University he was the founding dean of the Faculty for Mathematics and Computer Sciences, whose Chair of Programming Languages he also held.
At TUM he held the Faculty of Computer Sciences’ Chair of Software & Systems Engineering, of which he was also the founding dean. In 2015 he became the founding president and scientific director of the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B – Bavarian Centre for Digitalisation). Manfred Broy is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of InterFace AG, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors at TUM’s and LMU Munich’s Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), amongst others he is also a member of Leopoldina, the European Academy of Sciences, acatec and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.
He has received numerous awards including the Gesellschaft für Informatik’s Konrad Zuse Medal (2007), the Bavarian State Award for Education and Cultural Affairs (2006), the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1994) and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize by the German Research Foundation (1994).
Manfred Broy is married with three children.
Professor Dr. Dr. Manfred Broy was appointed TUM Emeritus of Excellence by TUM president Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann in 2015.