How do you raise a genius? At age 11, Taylor Wilson told his parents that he wanted to build a nuclear reactor in the family garage. His parents never guessed he would do it, but three years later Taylor made history as the youngest person ever to build a fusion reactor. Since then he’s continued to amaze everyone around him with inventions like a cheaper way to make medical isotopes to treat cancer, and a better way to detect dirty bombs. Rock Center’s Harry Smith hikes in the mountains of Western Nevada with this boy wonder to learn what makes Taylor Wilson tick.
Everything Taylor Wilson knows about nuclear science he taught himself – thanks to the internet.
Part of his collection includes a shelf cabinet of radioactive consumer items.
At 11 decides to build a fusion reactor in the garage.
A nuclear physicist at an Academy provides space in his laboratory. At 14 Taylor had done it.