The 12-year-old American assembled a thermonuclear reactor at home and made it to the Guinness Book of Records. He was involved in the project on his own, but under the supervision of his mother.
Jackson Oswalt from Memphis in the U.S. made it into the Guinness Book of World Records – he is “the youngest man to have built a fusion reactor. The publication notes that he fully assembled the device in his room, at that time he was 12 years old.
Jackson started nuclear fusion at the age of 12, for the first time he read about it on the Internet. He learned about Taylor Wilson, a self-taught nuclear physicist who also achieved nuclear fusion at a young age. This inspired him to try to build the reactor on his own, but Jackson explained that he was the only person who was involved in any way in his design or production.
Previously, the idea of conducting nuclear fusion in an ordinary house rather than in a special laboratory seemed impossible, but at first Jackson’s family and friends did not understand what he was trying to do. Many thought his project was strange, but Jackson kept doing it despite their doubts. In the end, he showed the result to a close circle of people.
The young American designed and built the device himself, but under his mother’s supervision, she watched every step of the reactor’s construction. Now Oswalt carries out experiments less often, but promises to build “something even more impressive”.