John Nash's Birthday!
Born: June 13, 1928
in Bluefield, West Virginia
Died: May 23, 2015
in an automobile accident on the New Jersey Turnpike
as he and his wife made their way home from Oslo
where he shared the Abel Prize with
As a young man Nash initiated brilliant work in several areas of
mathematics, including game theory, topology, and differential
equations. In fact,
a paper he wrote in game theory while still a doctoral student
eventually won him the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics. Unfortunately,
illness cut his career short by the time he was thirty years old.
Nash’s life has been immortalized in the book and motion picture A
Beautiful Mind. He has become a legend in his own time.