13-Year-Old Builds Nuclear Reactor to Become Youngest Fusioneer Ever

By Ashley Feinberg on at

Do you remember what your greatest accomplishment was at age 13? Whatever it was, Lancashire-lad Jamie Edwards, 13, just crushed it by becoming the youngest person to ever carry out atomic fusion.

After spending all his Christmas money on a Geiger counter a few years ago, Jamie embarked on building his very own nuclear reactor. Then, after presenting his teacher with this impressively ambitious proposal, he was granted a budget of £2000 and set about building what's known as a Farnsworth Fusor. Jamie even detailed some of his progress along the way, which you can check out on his blog here.

13-Year-Old Builds Nuclear Reactor, Becomes Youngest Fusioneer Ever

13-Year-Old Builds Nuclear Reactor, Becomes Youngest Fusioneer Ever

The record holder before him was 14, meaning that Jamie just barely claimed the title by a few weeks. To all you 12-year-old nuclear-fusioneer-wannabees out there—better hop to it. Thanks to Jamie, your time's running out. [BBC]