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At 12, he became the youngest builder of a functioning nuclear reactor

This incredible feat made him one of the stars of the 2021 edition of the Guinness Book of Records: this teenager, at the age of 12, built a working nuclear reactor at home.

A 12-year-old boy managed to build a functioning nuclear reactor and have it registered as a record. This incredible feat led him to be one of the 2021 edition stars of the Guinness Book of Records.

He thus entered history as the youngest author to achieve this feat.

“Many thought his project was a bit far-fetched, but he continued despite doubts and finally proved that his plans were not only real but also well thought out,” says the Guinness Book of Records.

Jackson Oswalt, of Memphis, Tennessee, said he was inspired in his work by previous record holder Taylor Wilson, who built one when he was 14.

“A project spanning almost two years,” Jackson Oswalt said he did all of the work himself, although he had a hard time.

“The project was very difficult,” admits the boy.

He says he worked on the project for almost two years and spent about six months just getting a proper seal. Instead of giving up, he persevered, encouraged by his parents.

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