John Nash, the subject of the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” and winner of the Nobel prize in economics was killed with his wife, Alicia, Saturday in New Jersey when the taxi they were in crashed, according to state police. Nash and his wife, Alicia, were headed home to Princeton in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County when it hit a guard rail, both died at the scene, according to New Jersey State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams. The cab driver and a person in another car involved in the crash were brought to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Williams said Sunday morning.
Actor Russell Crowe, who played Nash in the movie ‘A Beautiful Mind’ based on the 1998 biography, tweeted his reaction to the loss Sunday morning, saying “Stunned … my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”
Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts. https://t.co/XF4V9MBwU4
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 24, 2015
Princeton’s president Christopher L. Eisgruber said Sunday,
“John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in game theory.”
Nash earned his Ph.D from Princeton University in 1950, he married Alicia Lopez-Harrison de Lardé in 1957, then two years later, while she was pregnant with their son, he was afflicted with “mental disturbances,” according to a short autobiography on the Nobel Prize website. John Charles Martin Nash, was born shortly after Nash was admitted to the hospital for schizophrenia treatment. He and his wife had divorced in 1963, but stayed close and were remarried in 2001, according to his biography. After his hospitalization, Nash was awarded the Nobel Economics Prize for his research in game theory in 1994. Nash and his wife had recently traveled back from Norway, where he received the 2015 Abel Prize Tuesday presented by Norway’s King Harald V, which is awarded to outstanding mathematicians. John Nash, 86, and Alicia Nash, 82, have been described by those who knew them both as very special people. As illustrated in this tweet from Princeton University president Eisgruber;
President Eisgruber on news of Nashes’ deaths: “Both of them were very special members of the Princeton University community.” — Princeton University (@Princeton) May 24, 2015
Academia, the mathematics community and indeed the world mourns the loss of A Beautiful Mind.