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Manfred H. Breede was born in Hamburg, Germany, where he worked as an apprentice pressman. Breede emigrated to Montreal in 1967 and taught printing for many years in the Quebec High School System. In 1987, Breede began teaching printing technology at Ryerson University, eventually becoming a professor in the School of Graphic Communications Management. He is the author of the first and second editions of Handbook of Graphic Arts Equations and contributed a chapter to The Future of the Book in the Digital Age. Breede consults widely on printing quality and efficiency, as well as the development of software related to printing. In 2002, he was recognized by the readers of the Canadian journal PRINTACTION as one of the 50 most influential people in the Graphic Arts in Canada.