Sunday, March 18, 2012


date: Fri, 7 Feb 1997 11:29:43 -0700 (MST)
from: eronen matti <eronenatXYZxyzipe.Colorado.EDU>
subject: Re: Pentti and this mess
to: Keith Briffa <>

On Fri, 7 Feb 1997, Keith Briffa wrote:

> Matti,
> please tell me in some detail what the hell is going on. I was away for
> a week with flu and come back to find incomprehensible messages from Joensuu
> and now you. I have tried to phone Pentti but with no success. What is the
> problem and is what Janice wrote back a problem for you. Please do not think
> I have yet taken any side in this because I have yet to find out the
> background.
> awaiting some sane explanation
> Keith
> --
> Dr. Keith Briffa, Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia,
> Norwich, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom
> Phone: +44-1603-592090 Fax: +44-1603-507784
Dear Keith,
This is a difficult thing, but I try to explain this in simple words.
Before I left here, I wanted to make sure that dendro work will be in
progress in Finland while I am absent. As you know, Pentti has not given
the data (just a part) to the other members of the Finnish research group.
I told him that I will not sign the contract with him for this spring,
before he has delivered all data. A short time before I left here he told
me that he had sent the data to Markus and Mauri, and I put my name to the
contract paper. Markus and Mauri managed to open the files after some
difficulties, but when they had studied the data for some weeks, they
found that the "gap" was about 600 years long! Pentti had cut and hidden
this part of the material. We cannot work with a man like him. He lied to
me that he had sent all data and this way got my signature to the
contract. I think that it is also a serious wrongdoing to hide a crucial
part of the data in this way without telling anything to the
collaborators. He only makes tricks to prevent the other researchers
(including me and undirectly also you) from making progress in the
research. And he pretends to work with us for a common project!
You can make your own conclusions from this, but in Finland Pentti has
spoiled many things. One thing is that I am not willing to be his
supervisor any more. For five years he has told me that the doctoral
thesis will be finished in a few months. I guess it will remain at that
As you can see, I am really angry and disappointed. I try to continue
the research with Mauri and Markus. I have written here in Boulder a
rather long manuscript, some kind of synthesis of our five-six year work
in Lapland. I intended to publish it with Pentti, but I have now changed
my mind and must partly rewrite it.
I don't know the details of the financial disagreement, but Dr. Veijo
Ilmavirta, the man responsible for EU-projects at the University of
Helsinki, is furious. He has only sent me some short messages telling that
Pentti's behaviour is unacceptable. His e-mail is
These things will be settled but there is no return back as it was
before this incident.
Best wishes,

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