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Nobel Awardee mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. died

May 25, 2015 10:10 IST

John Forbes Nash JrJohn Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician, died along with his wife in a car crash on 23 May 2015. He was 86. His taxi crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike in Monroe Township when the driver lost control.

Oscar-winning film, A Beautiful Mind was inspired by his life.

Nash born on 13 June 1928 was an American mathematician who became famous for his game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations, which provided an insight into the factors that, govern chance and events inside complex systems in daily life.

His theories were used in economics, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, accounting, politics and military theory.

While working as a Senior Research Mathematician at Princeton University, he shared the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with game theorists Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi.

Awards and honours conferred on Nash includes
• In 2015, he won the Abel Prize along with Louis Nirenberg by King Harald V of Norway for his work on non-linear partial differential equations.
• In 1999, he won the Leroy P. Steele Prize.
• In 1978, he was awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize for his discovery of non-cooperative equilibria, now called Nash equilibria.  
• In 2012, he was elected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

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