Jamie Edwards, 13, is the youngest person to achieve nuclear fusion
Jamie Edwards, a British schoolboy, has become the youngest person to ever build a nuclear fusion reactor. The 13 year old built the reactor from scratch. He spent five months constructing the reactor in a science lab at his school. He’s tested his creation by smashing two atoms together to create helium, which is a nuclear fusion.
"One day, I was looking on the Internet for radiation or other aspects of nuclear energy and I came across Taylor Wilson and his reactor,” he said referring to Taylor Wilson, the nuclear scientist who was 14 when he achieved the feat back in 2008.
"I looked at it, thought 'that looks cool' and decided to have a go. Basically I made a star in a jar. It's amazing really, quite a feat, to be from Penwortham and be the youngest person in the world to do this."
Edwards contacted physicists for assistance and as a means of raising funds, but “they didn't seem to take me seriously,” he said. When he went to his head teacher Jim Hourigan at Priory Academy in October he was told to “give a presentation and talk to him about safety, the benefits and what could go right or wrong.”
"I needed £2,000 and he said he would fund it and also put £1,000 into a contingency fund so that myself and others could continue my work as I would like to make it energy efficient."
Mr Hourigan admitted he was "a bit stunned and I have to say a little nervous when Jamie suggested this but he reassured me he wouldn't blow the school up.”
Thankfully the school survived and Jamie took the record. His achievement was taped. It will be reviewed by experts so he can be officially recognised by the Fusioneers.