Jamie, 14, gets ovation from world’s scientists

Top Honour: Teen scientist Jamie Edwards with TV physicist Dr Brian Cox

Top Honour: Teen scientist Jamie Edwards with TV physicist Dr Brian Cox

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He’s been interviewed on Japanese TV and linked up with Russian boffins, now record-breaking teen scientist Jamie Edwards has stood on the international stage with some of the world’s top brains.

The 14-year-old Penwortham schoolboy got a standing ovation after giving his first TEDx talk at the world-famous Cern Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Priory Academy pupil was invited to share a stage with some of the world’s top scientists and physicists – after becoming the youngest person to achieve nuclear fusion in March when he was only 13.

The event was hosted by top pyhsicist Dr Brian Cox, and also featured leading cosmologists, mathematicians, engineers, philosophers and musicians from around the world.

Recently retired headteacher Jim Hourigan, who was in the audience, said: “Jamie was outstanding and got a standing ovation from the audience of around 1000 people.

“Professor Brian Cox was astounded at the feat of one so young and was full of praise for his achievement.

“Jamie took it all in his stride, managed to tell a joke or two, and carried it as if he was talking to pupils in his form. I was incredibly proud of him.”

Claudia Marcelloni, head of TEDx Cern said: “I’d seen Jamie’s coverage on TV and thought he would be ideal to speak at TEDx Cern so we approached him and he agreed to do it.

He was brilliant, and many people commented to me at the end of the night that Jamie was the highlight of the whole event.

“I won’t be surprised if he gets more offers as a result.” Head of science Rebecca Honeyman, said the whole school was very proud”.