Taylor Wilson is one of those guys. One who is wicked smart and achieving things are a crazy young age.
At 14, he became the 32nd person in history to building a functioning nuclear fusion reactor. He built it in his garage.
Essentially, it’s a mini version of the sun. It doesn’t produce more energy than it uses. Yet. But he is confident he can find a way for it to do so, and solve the world’s energy problems.
It does produce yellowcake, so, he’s not your ideal neighbour from that perspective.
His entrepreneurial spirit is remarkable. Now 17, he has also invented a way to create the medical isotopes needed for chemotherapy on site in hospitals. He was inspired by his grandmother’s struggle with cancer.
He has also invented a radiation detector for the mining industry at a fraction of the cost of the ones currently in market.
Did I mention that he’s also a Nuclear Physicist at the University of Nevada?
His approach to invention and entrepreneurship can be eloquently summed up in his closing of his TED video, “I started out with a dream to make a star in a jar, and I ended up … making things that I think can change the world.”
Taylor Wilson: yep, I built a nuclear fusion reactor in my garage