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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Alan Thomas (Project Director: March 2020 to October 2022)

Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

[Grant products][Prizes]

$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 2/28/2022

Open Access Edition of "Make It Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America" by Kristine C. Harper

This project will publish the book "Make It Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America," written by Kristine C. Harper (NEH grant number FB-53252-07), in an electronic open access format under a Creative Commons license, making it available for free download and distribution. The author will be paid a royalty of at least $500 upon release of the open access ebook.

Kristine C. Harper
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Socorro, NM 87801-4750)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

[Grant products]

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2007 – 5/31/2008

History of Efforts to Modify the Weather

Global temperatures are rising. So are drought concerns. Is it time to turn the atmosphere into the ultimate, controllable water reservoir? Weather control is not a new idea—it’s been around since the 19th century—but it was not transformed into a scientific state tool until the mid-twentieth century. "Weather by Design" will examine the shift from pre-World War II charlatan-centered “rainmaking” to postwar state controlled weapon, diplomatic tool, and “water-barrel” politics in America. It will explore the intersection of science, technology, and the environment, providing accessible historical context to scholars, policy makers, and general audiences pondering the limits of the technological fix.