Taylor Wilson is an applied nuclear physicist. He is also 18. A recent graduate of Davidson Academy, a school for profoundly gifted kids in Reno, Nevada, Wilson has been captivated by nuclear energy and nuclear power since he was 10 years old.
Among his many achievements:
- Wilson became the youngest person to achieve nuclear fusion when he was 14 years old. He began the project in his garage in Arkansas but finished it while a student at Davidson, which is located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.
- He has built a device that can detect nuclear materials in cargo containers and is currently being field tested. He entered that project last year in Intel’s premiere science fair and won $50,000. He also showed his counter-terrorism device off to President Obama at the White House Science Fair this year to great effect.
- Wilson's latest achievement is developing a working prototype to make radioactive isotopes in a much smaller, more portable, device. It could revolutionize how and where cancer treatments are administered.
Despite offers from the top universities in the country, he’s chosen to take a fellowship offered by Peter Thiel, of PayPal fame. The fellowship pays him $100,000 over the next two years.
Wilson plans to start a company to further develop and market his devices. Taylor Wilson is a prodigy who could do just about anything he wants. His goal is to use his gifts to solve some of the biggest scientific and medical challenges facing mankind.