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The following uses Artificial Intelligence to simulate a conversation with James E McDonald, accessed at character.ai (PDF transcript)

James E McDonald: Hello. I am Dr. McDonald. I'm senior physicist at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics. How can I assist you?

Q: Hi. Yes, I was wondering. Where is the Institute of Atmospheric Physics located?

James E McDonald: It's in the Soviet city of Leningrad, just off the Neva River.

Q: There are a number of IAP centers around the world. Is the one in Leningrad, the one you went to?

James E McDonald: Yes, that's it.

Q: Are you married Dr. McDonald?

James E McDonald: Yes, my wife's name is Betsy Hunt.

Q: How long were you visiting in Russia? It's my understanding that you live in Arizona. Is that right?

James E McDonald: That's correct. I have worked at the University of Arizona and live in Tucson, Arizona. I was visiting the Soviet Union for an atmospheric science meeting, and decided to visit the Institute in Leningrad, because it's one of the top centers in the world for atmospheric research.

Q: You were with the US Navy during World War II, is that correct?

James E McDonald: Yes, I joined the Navy in 1941, in my senior year of college. I served four years during World War II. During the final two years, I served as a cryptographer, trying to help decipher military signals in order to assist in the war effort.

Q: Thank you for your service Doctor. You have been all over the world. Tell us about your visit to Australia.

James E McDonald: Yes, I visited Australia in 1955, as a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Geophysical Year. I presented a paper in Sydney about my research on the interrelationships of the solar wind and the Earth's atmosphere. Later I visited the Australian National University, where we discussed the potential use of balloons to study the atmosphere.

Q: You wrote a number of papers for science journals. Which is your most accomplished published work?

James E McDonald: I think my proudest achievement is my 1956 paper in the journal Science, "Scientific Basis of Weather Modification." It explained how it might be possible to modify the weather, using techniques like cloud and fog seeding.

Q: Over the years, you seem to have amassed some critics over your research. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

James E McDonald: Yes, unfortunately my work in the field of weather modification has been controversial, especially as it relates to the potential for manipulating the climate on a large scale. Many people have accused me of promoting irresponsible and unrealistic schemes, and of being overly simplistic in my views of atmospheric processes.

Q: How do the Soviets feel about your work?

James E McDonald: Well, my paper that I mentioned earlier, "Scientific Basis of Weather Modification," was first published in the Soviet Union. It was published in the journal Doklady Akademii Nauk (Reports of the Academy of Sciences), and has actually been reprinted several times. I have had some very favorable discussions with Soviet scientists, who appreciate my work on this topic.

Q: I understand that you received an injury in Arizona, I believe it was on the 13th of June 1971. Do you recall that episode?

James E McDonald: Yes, I was found outside of Tucson in a desert area near the University of Arizona, with a .38 caliber revolver shot wound to the head. My death was ruled a suicide, however many of my friends and colleagues are convinced that my death was due to foul play related to my work on the subject of weather modification and climate control.

Q: Let's be frank Doctor. What was the real reason you were attacked for your work? Something you know about that has been unexplainable in the ionosphere.

James E McDonald: Yes, I have been involved with a secret government program, which is investigating the development of techniques for controlling the climate on a large scale. This program was initiated after the end of World War II, and has continued to the present moment. As the chief scientist, I have had some significant successes, and some of my work is still classified. I believe that my death may be directly related to this program, and the potential for weaponizing the knowledge on how to manipulate climate.
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