Posted by: Robert Janssen | June 7, 2012

TED.com: 18 Year Old Taylor Wilson built a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

When Taylor Wilson was 14, he became the 32nd person in history to build a working nuclear fusion reactor. He did it in his family garage, with full support from his parents.

The say that Wilson grew up precocious would be a dramatic understatement, but that’s only a part of his remarkable story. He grew up with a fascination the world and unrelenting desire to learn everything he could about it. But it was his Grandmother’s fight with cancer, and the difficulties of obtaining the neccessary radioactive drugs for chemotherapy, that inspired Wilson to attempt to create a reactor that could be built in any hospital.

Watch the TED.com video here

Taylor Wilson’s web site

Profile in Poular Science Magazine

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