The Real Rainmaker, Atmospheric Scientist Vincent J. Schaefer
Controlling the weather remains the province of science fiction novels. However, in 1945 a self-taught chemist named Vincent J. Schaefer attempted to make that human fantasy a reality. Obviously, since we’re still living without calendars of prescribed weather, one might assume that Schaefer failed miserably, but you’d be wrong.
Not only did he succeed but the man whose only formal education included “tree surgery” from the Davey Institute gifted the world a litany of inventions and discoveries that still affect our very lives today. Ironically, as Schaefer once said his ignorance led the way, "Well-trained men wouldn't do the things I do. If I found anything, it's most likely because I didn't know better." Here’s Schaefer’s unlikely story.