This issue of Theoretical Chemistry Accounts is dedicated to Professor Pekka Pyykkö on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. Pekka Pyykkö was born in Hinnerjoki, a small village north of Turku, on October 12, 1941. He studied physics at the University of Turku, where he received his M.Sc. (1964), Ph. Lic. (1965), and Ph.D. (1967) degrees. He completed a dissertation in experimental NMR spectroscopy on as experimental NMR spectroscopist on “Deuteron Magnetic Resonance Absorption in NaBD 4, CD 4, and ND 4NO 3” at the Wihuri Physical Laboratory, University of Turku, under the supervision of Väinö Hovi. In 1968–1969, he had a 1-year postdoctoral stay as NORDITA scholar at the University of Aarhus (Denmark), followed by another postdoctoral year at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Back in Finland, he worked at the University of Helsinki (1970–1971), the University of Jyväskylä (1972–1974), and the University of Oulu (1973) from 1970 to 1974, except for an eight-month research stay in...

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