Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sad news. John F. Nash Jr., awarded the 1994 Prize in Economic Sciences, dies in car crash.(86yrs)

By ERICA GOODE
MAY 24, 2015
John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a
Nobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended
the reach and power of modern economic theory
and whose decades-long descent into severe
mental illness and eventual recovery were the
subject of a book and a 2001 film, both titled “A
Beautiful Mind,” was killed, along with his wife, in a
car crash on Saturday in New Jersey. He was 86.
Dr. Nash, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were in a taxi on
the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver lost
control while trying to pass another car and hit a
guard rail and another vehicle, said Sgt. Gregory
Williams of the New Jersey State Police.
The couple were ejected from the cab and
pronounced dead at the scene. The taxi driver and
the driver of the other car were treated for non-life
threatening injuries. No criminal charges have
been filed.
Dr. Nash was widely regarded as one of the great
mathematicians of the 20th century, known for the
originality of his thinking and for his fearlessness
in wrestling down problems so difficult few others
dared tackle them. A one-sentence letter written in
support of his application to Princeton’s doctoral
program in math said simply, “This man is a
genius.”