November 9, 2012
18-Year-Old Plans to Make Fusion a Reality
Geoffrey Gagnon, The Atlantic
When he was 14, Wilson built a nuclear-fusion reactor. Then, a bomb-sniffing device that impressed even the president. Now 18, the prodigy is skipping college and using a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship to try to crack the riddle of harnessing energy from nuclear fusion—a feat that plenty consider impossible.
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