‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspirer John Nash dies in car crash

‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspirer John Nash dies in car crash

A Nobel Prize winner and famous mathematician John Nash, whose mental illness became the inspiration for the movie ‘A Beautiful Mind’, died along with his wife in a New Jersey car crash on Sunday.

A Nobel Prize winner and famous mathematician John Nash, whose mental illness became the inspiration for the movie ‘A Beautiful Mind’, died along with his wife in a  New Jersey car crash on Sunday.

The taxi driver who were carrying the couple bumped into a guard rail and hit another car in the afternoon on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to police.

The 86-year-old Nash and his 82-year-old wife Alicia died at the scene after being thrown from the taxi, said Sgt. Gregory Williams from New Jersey Police Department and then refuted the earlier media comment that they weren’t wearing the seat belts.

Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Forbes Nash and his wife Alicia.

Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Forbes Nash and his wife Alicia.

The taxi driver was hospitalized with a few non-serious injuries together with the driver of the other crashed car. Sgt. Williams also added that no charges had been filed after the accident.

Russel Crowe, the actor who played Nash in the Oscar-winning film, tweeted that he was shocked by the deaths and admitted that it was an amazing partnership with beautiful minds and beautiful hearts as well.

‘A Beautiful Mind’ was based on the battle between the famous mathematician Nash, who got the Noble Prize for economics for his work on game theory and in decision-making sphere in 1994, and such an illness as schizophrenia.

A major part of his career he was working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after receiving  his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1950.

After marrying a MIT physics major Alicia in 1959, who had been already pregnant, he started being disturbed by the symptoms of schizophrenia what lasted for about 25 years since.

One day Nash stopped taking his medication and returned to a daily routine and science researches.

Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber stated that Nash inspired the whole generations with his great achievement and almost a lifetime battle with a dreadful disease. Thousands of mathematicians, economists and scientists were influenced by his priceless work in game theory, said Eisgruber and added that millions of readers and moviegoers were astonished with the story of Nash together with his wife and their courage in the face of difficult challenges.

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