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Jamie Edwards - Worlds Youngest Fusioneer
Priory's Jamie Edwards is the youngest person in the world to build a nuclear fusion reactor.
Teen scientist Jamie Edwards. 13, built the reactor from scratch in a race against time to snatch the world record off American Taylor Wilson, who was 14 when he became the youngest 'fusioneer' in 2008.
The young boffin said: " It is quite an achievement. "It's magnificent really. I can't quite believe it – even though all my friends think I am mad."
Basically I made a star in a jar. It's amazing really, quite a feat, to be from Penwortham and be the youngest person in the world to do this."
Jamie, along with friend George Barker who has helped him with the administrative side, set about trying to create the nuclear fusion reactor by contacting like-minded physicists.
Trying to rise the funds wasn't easy. Jamie said: "I went to various nuclear laboratories and universities and they didn't seem to take me seriously ."
So, he went his head teacher here at Priory.
Jamie added: "I had to give a presentation and talk to him about safety, the benefits and what could go right or wrong.
"I needed £2,000 and he said he would fund it and also put £1,000 into a contingency fund so that myself and others could continue my work as I would like to make it energy efficient."
The fusion took place in a controlled environment in school before an audience of experts.
Priory's student Dena Spencer who came a very impressive overall 2nd place in the Advance Novice British Championships at Ice Sheffield. The clip shows her dance for the free dance where she came in 1st place.