The article does not actually say that he was a scientist. In fact, it seems that he may have actually been an economist working for the state and that the committee was asking for his opinion of the worth of the project from an economic standpoint. Sorry, if I confused anyone in my original post.
He does describe his wife as having a "mathematical mind" and the article does mention that she gave up teaching at a university to pioneer.
Some have mentioned that they think his comment was a joke or that it was tongue in cheek. It certainly is possible, but I seriously doubt it. And he does say "no one refuted my point".
His experience also contains a lot of references to his efforts to find flaws in Bible prophecy and the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses. What do you think he found?
As I studied the Bible with the Witnesses, what impressed me most was Bible prophecy [describes some of Daniel's prophecies]...Through personal research in reference works, I established for myself that these books of the Bible were in fact written before the events they foretold.
Reference works? Probably, the Insight book or some other WTBTS publication.
A new budget analyst at the LAO turned out to be a Witness who was no longer actively practicing what she believed. Doubts about the Bible had weakened her faith. I had the joy of helping her spiritually.
I'm sure he shared some of his previous "personal research in reference works" and then her doubts just evaporated.
"I honestly feel that education from Jehovah is the most rewarding of all my higher education. It is unlike any other educational program on earth in its breadth and comprehensiveness."
I like how education from Jehovah is higher education. And emphasizing its breadth and comprehensiveness sounds like a fancier way of saying, "Reading the Awake! magazine is equivalent to a college education,". By the way, I seem to remember hearing that the same thing was said of the Photo-Drama of Creation in its day.
To me an article like this is trying to tell your average Witness, "Don't be troubled by your doubts, just ignore them. Smart people who went to college tried to prove us wrong and did the research just to find that we were right all along."