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14 juin aD 2006

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,,I still believe that the ideas which inspired us then are the only way to real social progress. You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.''

Marie Skɫodowska-Curie, Autobiographical notes, in: Pierre Curie, The Macmillan Co., New York, 1923:

I grew up in the countryside of Finland, as the second and last son of a housewife (Seija Sinikka, born Kiuru; RIP) and a farmer (Eino Erkki; RIP). After my "Abitur" (high-school diploma) and the service in the Finnish army I moved to Otaniemi to do my M.Sc. grade at the Helsinki University of Technology (now part of the Aalto University) in the Laboratory of Physics, and finished in aD 1993. The following Autumn I had the opportunity to go to Fritz-Haber-Institut in the lovely Berlin, Germany. Then I phad the pleasure to stay one year in Rome working at La Sapienza with Giovanni B Bachelet, and continued to Bayern (Bavaria) to the Rechenzentrum Garching der MPG (Computing Centre of Max-Planck-Society). There the trip continues to MPI für Festkörperforschung to have fun (i.e. work) in the department of Michele Parrinello and then with his group in summer aD 2001 to CSCS/ETHZ. Next I worked at the University of Zurich with Jürg Hutter at the Physikalisch Chemisches Insitut. In January aD 2005 I moved to Paris to work with Francesco Mauri at CNRS/UPMC. In 2009 I returned back to Zurich.

My BIGBIGBIGBrother, Mika, spent a year in the UK and some years at Sarawak, Malaysia, and returned to Finland to teach people to use PC's; now he has co-founded a company Sovelto. You can mail him at Mika.Seitsonen'at'iki.fi

My career plan (or: Why to become a professor)

My Sweetie...