Science Fair Winner: 13-Year Old Creates Nuclear Fusion

March 7, 2014


Seen here looking dapper as hell, 13-year old Jamie Edwards poses in front of his nuclear fusion set-up that was successfully able to collide two hydrogen atoms into a helium atom without leveling the school. This makes Jamie the younger nuclear fushion-er on the planet, and arguably TOO YOUNG to be toying around with nuclear fusion, at least according to one blogger who understands very little about anything.

Jamie, who attends Penwortham Priory Academy near Preston, has been fascinated with radiation for years, on one occasion even buying a Geiger counter with his Christmas money.

His fusion ambition was sparked by reading about a 14-year-old US schoolboy, Taylor Wilson, who had become the youngest to produce a small fusion reactor in Nevada in 2008.

'I looked at it, thought "That looks cool" and decided to have a go,' Jamie added.

For his next project, Jamie - who wants to be a nuclear engineer or work in theoretical physics - has his sights set on building a miniature hadron collider.

Wow, so 13-year olds are building nuclear fusion reactors these days? Because my goals when I was thirteen were a lot more modest, and far less scientific. 1) Don't poop your pants at school. 2) Learn how to change your underwear in the locker room without anybody seeing your penis 3) Kiss a girl 4) Kiss a DIFFERENT girl. 5) Verify if vaginas really run front to back or side to side or if it's genetic. Whoa -- I guess I was into science after all!

Keep going for a simple graphic explaining Jamie's process.


Thanks to Ross the Boss and Alexandra, who nuclear fusioned before the age of ten but don't like to brag about it because they're busy trying to discover the Higgs Boson before their twelfth birthdays.

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  • Arif Ramdani

    I was pleasantly surprised woow

  • Wow, so 13-year olds are building nuclear fusion reactors these days?

  • Vendeline Venus

    wow its good to hear about that...

  • yes is true...he is looking dapper as hell,,,and has a great mind...well done Jamie!!

  • This is brilliant. It is amazing what he has accomplished at 13. I can't wait to see what else he accomplishes in the future.

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  • Richard Granov

    It is so interesting article. I think you need to have a huge talent in 13 years not to think about girls and think about nuclear reactors. Jamie is a very smart boy. I wish him good luck that he could continue to develop their talent. but the following classes in science it is probably not enough time to write creative works in the school. and here I know who it will help.custom essay company -rescued me in the most difficult tasks. you can be confident in the quality of work done. is checked on me!

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  • David

    These days, people can make bombs seeing how to make them in the internet that is what I read, and I hope this information on the process of making nuclear bomb does not give ideas to anyway. These young boys are geniuses but modest. I would love to hire them into my essay service company but they would have better opportunities anyway and still really young.

  • Bill Johnson

    So how one till the boy gets a job offer in Iran?

  • Fusion Guy

    I have done a fair amount of work with fusion reactors so I figured I might clear some things up here. The Reactor he has created is an Inertial Electrostatic type, which takes a high voltage charge and applies it across two "Cages", one inside of another. This creates a sorta... Spherical particle accelerator, and at the center of the interior cage, the unstable deuterium SMASHES into another deuterium (Or a free neutron) releasing a neutron or forming helium.

    As fascinating as this all sounds, this technology has been around since the 60's, origionally developed by Philo T. Farnsworth (Hence the common name, Farnsworth Fusor). The efficacy of this type of fusor is... minimal. The most efficient fusor I know of (Northwest Nuclear Consortium) outputs about 1uW (Micro Watt) for every 100W they put into it, and that is STELLAR compared with the one I built (I got to about 100 neutrons/second as my best before my mother shut me down. No problems with the actual fusor, we just live in a nuclear free zone and it was not worth the felony).

    Although this is a fascinating thing to have accomplished at that age, these are not exceptionally complicated systems to construct (you can make one out of two salad bowls I suspect he will have a bight future, but the research I have turned up shows very little in his actual understanding of fusion (Or at least explaining), which is really the only application for this kind of reactor.

  • Marc-André Jutras

    So... There's just a very very tiny amount of H -> He taking place? Because I keep hearing turning hydrogen into helium is supposed to release massive amount of thermal energy. At that rate, how long would it take to turn 1L (at room temperature/pressure) or H into He?? Months? Years?

    Stupid question... But how do we know it's H -> He and not Deuterium -> H2 with the extra neutron being dumped out?

  • Ibzy Ronx

    hydrogen = one proton
    Deturnium = one proton + one extra neutron.
    so the only two things that can happen are:
    deturnium -> hydrogen + an extra neutron
    2 deturnium -> 1 helium
    (helium = two protons, two neutrons)

  • Fusion Guy

    Also, the diagram they show is HOPELESSLY incomplete.

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