Davor Mance was born in Fužine (Croatia) and has completed the initial schooling in Split (Croatia). In 1978 he graduated from FESB Split in Electrical Engineering and received a Master degree from ETF (today FER) Zagreb (Croatia) in 1986 in the field of Electronics. He concluded the formal education with a Doctoral degree at FESB Split in 2012 in a field of electronics for space exploration. His working
history started in 1979 in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), continued in 1991 in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Rijeka (Croatia) and from 1994 in Toronto (Canada). Almost all of his experience he gained working in the industry in the field of electro-optics and control engineering and in Canada he initiated his work on space technology development. In 2000 he moved to Switzerland to work at ETH
(Federal institute of Technology), Institute of Geophysics in Zurich on development of instruments for planetary explorations and research in fundamental physics. Before the InSight mission, he worked on a similar Martian seismometer missions: Netlander, GEP (Geophysical package), ExoMars, as well as on a seismometer for Moon, Selene-2 mission. In addition to the development of a seismometer electronics he worked on a laser rangefinder electronics for surface scanning of a Mercury (mission Bepi Colombo) and on LISA Pathfinder, a gravitational wave detector.