Renowned American mathematician and Nobel Laureate John Nash passes away

Renowned American mathematician and Nobel laureate John Nash passed away on 24 May 2015. He was 86 and died in a car crash along with his wife Alicia Nash.

John Forbes Nash, Jr. was born on June 13, 1928 in West Virginia State of United States.

Work: He was renowned for works in game theory (mathematical study of decision-making), differential geometry and partial differential equations.

His theories (especially Nash Equilibrium in game theory) are used in modern computing, economics, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, accounting, politics and military theory.

Awards: In 1994, he shared Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with game theorists Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi.

In 2015, he was awarded the Abel Prize along with Louis Nirenberg for his work on nonlinear partial differential equations.

Paranoid schizophrenia: In 1959, he got mentally ill and had undergone treatment of Paranoid schizophrenia. Later in 1970s he had recovered from mental illness.

A Beautiful Mind: His breakthroughs in maths and his struggles with schizophrenia were basis for biography A Beautiful Mind written by Sylvia Nasar’s.

The biography was later adapted in movie starring Russell Crowe in 2001 with the same name. In 2002, the film had won four Academy Awards (Oscars) for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.


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