A nuclear reactor was built in Memphis, Tennessee, despite not having government approval.
That’s probably because the reactor was the home project of a 12-year-old boy. Jackson Oswalt, now 14, recently had an interview on Fox News to discuss the stunning achievement.
“I started searching for things on the internet about nuclear things, because that’s what interests me,” the prodigy commented.
The young man explained that through the use of internet sources like the Open Source Fusor Research Consortium forum and Ebay, he was able to get the materials needed to build his own reactor. Granted this was after his parents plucked down an estimated $10,000 to build his laboratory.
The boy’s father, Chris Oswalt, spoke about his admiration for his son’s dedicated willpowe sharing that, “being a parent of someone that was as driven as he was for 12 months was really impressive to see. I mean it was everyday grinding; Everyday learning something different; everyday failing and watching him work through all those things.”
The young Oswalt was successful in his endeavors after he successfully combined two deuterium atoms.
If being a successful physicist before finishing puberty isn’t impressive enough, now Jackson is hoping to help other bright young minds curious about the possibilities of science.
“I’m working on creating an organization to fund the projects of kids that aren’t fortunate enough to have financial support,” young Oswalt noted.
A brilliant mind that’s dedicated to helping others, Jackson is making substantial contributions to a brighter future.