I, and two more people in the following two years, was a junior coworker with a professional scientist in Australia in the 1960's. Was he a psychopath? He was:
1. Outwardly charming in manner and speech to newcomers.
2. Enjoyed publicly humiliating his juniors, but publicly apologized when his victim turned out to be right.
3. When no women present, talked only of defecation, flatulence, or sexual intercourse. 4. Once fired a rifle at an aeroplane high above, because, as he said, 'There are air hostesses in it.'
5. Enjoyed shooting emus when they came close.
6. Ignored data that contradicted his interpretation of evidence.
7. Was uninterested in others' interests.
8. Got an Ivy League University to award him a PhD with a thesis based on work done before entering that university; did
no new research for the thesis, and typed it in large font with overlarge margins all round to increase number of pages.
9. Denigrated one of the kindest and most good-natured scientists I worked with after I left his control.
10. Asked his first junior coworker (myself) to write part of the report on the year's work, then ignored it, took coworker's name off the list of authors, and sid nothing of this until the report was issued, under his name alone.
11. In 2008, complained that no-one ever asked him to any social occasions.
12. In 1996, burst into tears at a private dinner with a long-time colleague and his wife in the mid-1990's.
13. Earlier this year (2010) wrote a 4-line note of apology to his first junior co-worker (myself) after reading the MS (in prep) of my book describing the events that occurred in my 40 years' fieldwork, including the first year, with him.