John Forbes Nash, 86, the mathematician who inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind," and his wife died in a car accident in New Jersey. Nash, 86, and Alicia Nash, 82, were riding in a taxi near Monroe Township when the incident occurred. The taxi went out of control while trying to pass another car.
Nash, widely regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, was known for his work in game theory, and his personal struggle with paranoid schizophrenia. Alicia Nash has been credited with saving his life after schizophrenia derailed his career in the 1960s, letting him into her home and looking after him even after they divorced in 1963. This chapter of their relationship was not a part of the 2001 Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. The film drew accolades for its depiction of his mental illness while bringing attention to Nash's accomplishments, which had earned him the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics.
John's remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in game theory, and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges. Nash was born in 1928 in West Virginia and began showing mathematical talent in elementary school. Besides the Nobel, Nash received the John von Neumann Theory Prize and the Steele Prize.