Meet the youngest person on Earth to achieve nuclear fusion

Taylor Wilson built his first bomb when he was 10 years old. Four years later, he became the thirty-second person on Earth to ever build a working nuclear fusion reactor.

"I would say someone like [Taylor] comes along maybe once in a generation," says Kristina Johnson, who, when she met Taylor, was serving as the Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. "He’s not just smart; he’s cool and articulate. I think he may be the most amazing kid I’ve ever met."

And after reading this incredible profile on Taylor, penned by Popular Science’s Tom Clynes, we’re inclined to agree — though calling Taylor “smart” may just be the understatement of the century.

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