Bernard J. Eastlund (1938 – December 12, 2007) was an American physicist who received his B.S. in physics from MIT and his Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. In 1970 he received a Special Achievement Certificate from the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission for co-invention of the "fusion torch."
Eastlund also authored patent US20070238252  'Cosmic particle ignition of artificially ionized plasma patterns in the atmosphere' which was published a few months before his death. The conclusion section of the patent contains the following text.
"This invention has a phenomenal variety of possible ramifications and potential future developments. As alluded to earlier, a variety of telecommunications systems for improvement of local cellular systems, short haul stand alone cellular systems, city wide cellular systems and long haul communications systems could result. Two new approaches to weather modification and control are suggested. The first is for manipulation of the steering winds that control the development of mesocyclones, or the modification of the directions of the jet streams that influence development of hurricanes. The second is a method for influencing the electrical charge distribution in weather patterns such as meso-cyclones. Possible defense applications include a method of accelerating electrons to MEV energies in conjunction with the HAARP antenna. Research applications include the creation of bright and controlled guide stars for astrophysical purposes. Thus it can be seen that the ramifications are numerous, far-reaching, and exceedingly varied in usefulness."
He was the founder of Eastlund Scientific Enterprises Corporation (ESEC), a small company in Houston, Texas that provided scientific, engineering and technical services. However, many doubt how credible any of his research was for various reasons.
Bernard Eastlund died December 12, 2007. In his final days he continued to explore research in advanced physics topics and applications, even holding meetings at his hospital bedside.
- Zey, Michael G. The Future Factor: Forces Transforming Human Destiny Transaction Publishers; New edition (30 April 2004) ISBN 978-0-7658-0591-1 p.39