The 19-year-old Dutch aerospace engineer looks like a young Donovan Leach, and certainly shares the famous balladeer's visionary temperament.
But Boyon Slat's Atlantis is of a more tangible sort: he plans to address a deeply troubling and pressing environmental issue - skimming off the mountains of plastics choking the life from our oceans.
Slat's TedX Talk sparked international enthusiasm, and funds started pouring in for his Ocean Cleanup foundation:
A year, a UN Champions of the Earth award, and $2 million in seed money later, his passive ocean cleanup system is set to launch - next year.
It's an engineering feat on a grand scale, and one that is restoring hope in our planet's future.
Ms. Lennox, if you would please do the honors:
Sources: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves: Boyan Slat at TEDxDelft;
The Ocean Cleanup.com
Cleanup Device Will Be World's Largest Floating Structure by Wendy Laursen, Maritime-Executive.com