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Reactor boy is awarded top honour

Award Winner: Jamie Edwards receives his award from Prof Peter Marsden, head of medical physics at UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Award Winner: Jamie Edwards receives his award from Prof Peter Marsden, head of medical physics at UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Schoolboy Jamie Edwards has become a pint-sized sensation in the science world since he set a new record as the youngest person in the world to build a nuclear fusion reactor in the lab at Priory Academy.

Since then has appeared on the David Letterman show in New York alongside Lindsey Lohan and has his story told on TV and radio shows across the globe.

Jamie, from Penwortham, now been invited to talk to the boss of the leading international energy project in France and to appear on Japanese TV.

He has just received the first Honorary Student Membership of the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP), the UK’s chartered organisation whose members advise on safety in the use of ionising and non-ionising radiation in education, central and local government, industry, medicine and research.

Student membership is usually open to those working towards a science degree in a field related to radiation protection.

Jamie’s honorary award, to a student yet to take GCSE examinations, is in recognition of his extraordinary achievement as a spare time nuclear scientist.

President Prof Peter Marsden, head of medical physics at UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, presented Jamie with his award in the Southport Theatre in front of an audience of 600 and said: “Jamie is a potential scientific star of the future and a great example to his peers.”

Jamie has been invited to the South Of France mid-May to visit Director of ITER Henrik Bindslev.

ITER is a European fusion project involving the EU India, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Russia, South Korea and the United States. looking at fusion and energy on a massive scale. Jamie is going to learn more about ITER, fusion energy and its progress.

 

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