Notable Nevadans

15 de julio de 2016






June 23, 2016

Mr. HELLER. Mr. President, today, I wish to recognize a Nevada student, Taylor Wilson, who has gone above and beyond in his academic pursuits. Taylor built a nuclear reactor in his parents’ garage and is one of only 32 people in the world to achieve a nuclear fusion reaction. Even more impressive, he achieved this feat at only 14 years old, making him the youngest individual in the world to create nuclear fusion.

From a young age, Taylor showed an interest in nuclear science. By age 10, he had already hung a periodic table in his room and memorized all of the atomic numbers, masses, and melting points. By age 13, he had set up his own nuclear laboratory in his family garage. Around this time, his family had heard about the Davidson Academy of Nevada in Reno, which educates some of the nation’s brightest and most determined students. Shortly thereafter, the Wilson family decided to make the move to the Great State of Nevada and allow Taylor to attend school at the Academy.

Upon arrival at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, Taylor began his work to build a nuclear reactor. By this time, he had acquired one of the most extensive collections of radioactive material in the world and began to gather pieces for his machine to attain his goal of nuclear fusion. With the help of numerous mentors from the University of Nevada, Reno and the Davidson Academy of Nevada, Taylor was successful in his endeavors. Shortly after his 14th birthday, Taylor and a mentor loaded deuterium fuel and powered his machine, ultimately confirming the presence of neutrons and nuclear fusion.

Taylor later decided his nuclear fusion machine would be best utilized as a bomb-sniffing application, using the fusion reactor to produce weapons-sniffing neutrons to scan containers as they passed through ports. In just a few weeks, Taylor continued his research and developed a concept for a device that would use a small reactor to indicate whether or not a weapon was inside. He was later contacted by the Department of Homeland Security for his innovative application.

For the last three years, Taylor has led major science fairs across the nation and around the world and has been awarded nine prestigious accolades for his work. Without a doubt, Taylor’s efforts are truly remarkable. I am proud to have a student of such unwavering dedication representing Nevada and would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to him for his numerous awards.

Today, I wish to recognize the incredible work of one of Nevada’s own, Taylor Wilson. I ask my colleagues to join me and all Nevadans in recognizing him for his many achievements, and I wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.  

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