Personal page of Franka Miriam Brückler. Last update: July 31st, 2012.

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I was born in Essen. My birthday is the same as of: and Plato is also said to have been born that day - May 21. I finished school in Zagreb, Croatia and graduated mathematics at the University of Zagreb in 1994. I studyed Law and Studia Croatica, but didn't manage to finish these two faculties due to lack of time. During 1994. I worked as a journalist at a local television in Zagreb (OTV), as coworker on the talk-show "In Medias Res", a religious-social show, until it was removed from the programe. Since April 1st, 1995. I worked as teaching assistant at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Zagreb; here I have also made my PhD (July 2002). In 2005. I became assistant professor, first for one semester at the Dept. of Mathematics in Osijek, and since April 2006. in Zagreb. I also taught at the Dept. of Math. in Osijek (1997 - 2010) and the Zagreb school of economy and management (2002 - 2010). I'm member of the Croatian Mathematical Society, the Croatian Chemical Society and the Croatian Crystallographic Association, and - last but not least - of the Committee for Raising Public Awareness of Mathematics of the European Mathematical Society. My biggest proffesional success so far is the winning of the Croatian State Prize for Popularisation of Science for year 2009. As for languages, I know Croatian (of course), German and English.

My hobbies are beer, watching football, drawing, travelling and photography, perfumes, collecting ducks (not the alive ones :-), classic western movies ...

My mottos:

"Have patience. Go where you must, and hope." (Gandalf in J.R.R.Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings")

"Bevor ich falle, fall' ich lieber auf." (frei nach Fanta 4 Song "MfG")

My favorite lyrics:


Grab your ticket and your suitcase
Thunder's rolling down the tracks
You don't know where you're goin'
But you know you won't be back
Darlin' if you're weary
Lay your head upon my chest
We'll take what we can carry
And we'll leave the rest

Big Wheels rolling through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

I will provide for you
And I'll stand by your side
You'll need a good companion for
This part of the ride
Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there'll be sunshine
And all this darkness past

Big wheels roll through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

This train
Carries saints and sinners
This train
Carries losers and winners
This Train
Carries whores and gamblers
This Train
Carries lost souls
This Train
Dreams will not be thwarted
This Train
Faith will be rewarded
This Train
Hear the steel wheels singin'
This Train
Bells of freedom ringin'

This Train
Carries broken-hearted
This Train
Thieves and sweet souls departed
This Train
Carries fools and kings
This Train
All aboard

This Train
Dreams will not be thwarted
This Train
Faith will be rewarded
This Train
Hear the steel wheels singin'
This Train
Bells of freedom ringin'


5 Favorite Beers Brinkhoff's No.1 Gatz Frueh Koelsch Schnoor Bräu Dortmunder Kronen
5 Favorite Cuisines German Spanish Italian Arabic/Middleeastern Mexican
5 Favorite Dishes Krustenbraten o. gebr. Schweinhaxe mit Rotkohl und Kartoffelklösen
Spaetzle with bacon, onions and cheese
Matjes mit Bratkartoffeln
Paella with duck
Spaghetti/Canalini cacio e pepe
5 Favorite Football Countries Germany Croatia Spain Denmark England
5 Favorite Football Teams Bayern Muenchen Borussia Dortmund FC Barcelona Werder Bremen Manchester United
5 Favorite Football Players Bastian Schweinsteiger Xavi Hernandez Gennaro Gattuso Wayne Rooney Ivica Olić
10 Favorite Football/Soccer Players (retired) Lothar Matthaeus
Oliver Kahn
Ronald Koeman
Torsten Frings
Andreas Brehme
Alen Bokšić
Hans-Peter Briegel
Preben Elkjaer
Fernando Hierro
Andoni Zubizaretta
5 Favorite Quotes "There are all kinds of rumors about me. And they're all true, every one of them You can make up some if you want." (R. Mitchum) "You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" " (G.B.Shaw) "Everything you can imagine is real" (P.Picasso) "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." (L. L'Amour) "Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis." (R.W.Emerson)
10 Favorite Towns (except Essen and Zagreb) München

5 Favorite Actors Robert Mitchum Richard Widmark Heinz Ruehmann Yul Brynner Cary Grant
5 Favorite Actresses Jane Russell Lauren Bacall Katharine Hepburn Maureen O'Hara Kim Novak
5 Favorite Movies Gunfight at the O.K.Corral We're No Angels The Searchers Bringing Up Baby Charley's Tante
5 Favorite Directors Howard Hawks Michael Curtiz Raoul Walsh John Huston Edward Dmytryk
5 Favorite Singers/Groups Bruce Springsteen Johnny Cash Deep Purple Led Zeppelin Dean Martin
5 Favorite Songs Outlaw Pete (Bruce Springsteen) Ted the Mechanic (Deep Purple) Ojos Asi (Shakira) MfG (Die fantastischen 4) Cavoglave (Thompson)
5 Favorite Writers Ephraim Kishon (deutsch) George Bernard Shaw Charles Dickens J. R. R. Tolkien Zane Grey
5 Favorite Books Lord of the Rings (J.R.R.Tolkien) Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens) Betty Zane (Zane Grey) Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) Count of Monte Christo (Alexandre Dumas)
5 Favorite Painters Joseph Mallord William Turner Frederic Remington M.C.Escher Vincent van Gogh Francisco Goya