Dan Jaffe says he didn’t set out intending to go all rogue with his science.
“What happened is I was getting discouraged,” he says. “I was starting to wonder whether anyone would even be allowed to ask these basic questions. So I went outside the system.”
Jaffe is no anarchist, but an atmospheric chemist at the University of Washington.
For 20-plus years he’s followed the conventional path for doing science in this country, which is to apply for grants from the government or corporate-backed groups.