- Date of Birth:
- January 13, 1928
John Nash (born John Forbes Nash, Jr. on June 13, 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia) was a mathematician, whose groundbreaking works in game theory, differential geometry and partial differential equations have been highly acclaimed. Often pegged as a genius, his theories are used in economics, artificial intelligence, politics and military theory. He attended Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University, and later went on to teach at MIT and Princeton. In 1994, John received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the Abel Prize in 2015. John battled schizophrenia, mainly throughout his youth, and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1959 after being admitted to the McLean Hospital. John’s life was depicted in the 2001 Academy Award winning film, A Beautiful Mind. John and his wife Alicia Nash tragically passed away in a car crash on May 23, 2015.
Best Known For:
John is best known for being one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, and for being the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind.
John married his wife Alicia in 1957, but they divorced in 1962. The couple stayed close and as his condition improved in the 1980s, they remarried in 2001. Together, both John and Alicia were prominent healthcare advocates.