Yesterday afternoon the world lost Nobel prize winner John Nash and his wife Alicia Nash.
A taxi attempted to pass another vehicle at 4:30pm in Monroe Township when the collision happened. The taxi driver (Tarek Girgis) and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Yet both John and Alicia were pronounced dead at the scene. Nash was eighty six and his wife was eighty two. While there are no charges laid, the accident is still being investigated. The couple was just coming back from Norway where John Nash and Louis Nirenberg, a fellow mathematician, received the Abel Prize. John is survived by his two children, John David Stier and John Charles Martin Nash as well as his sister Martha Nash Legg.
In 1994 he accepted the Nobel prize for economics and since has accepted many more awards for mathematical contributions. He graduated from Princeton University but struggled to manage as a professional with paranoid schizophrenia. In the 1960’s his struggles proved to be paramount in both his career but also in his personal life. In 1963 he divorced from his wife, Alicia. She continued to support him and even welcomed him to live with her. In 2001 they were remarried. Nash was described in his younger days as a handsome, ambitious and brilliant man with very odd habits (like pacing, abandoning conversations mid-way and his nonstop whistling). As an adult people described him as charming, shy, quiet, socially clumsy but still with a slight hint of the ego from his youth.
The world reflects today as we look back on the amazing man and his amazing life.
- Golden Globe winner, Russell Crowe tweets: “Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts”
- Director Ron Howard tweets: “RIP brilliant #nobelprize winning John Nash and his remarkable wife Alicia. It was an honor telling part of their story #abeautifulmind”
- Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber stated: “We are stunned and saddened by news of the untimely passing of John Nash and his wife and great champion, Alicia. Both of them were very special members of the Princeton university community – Johns 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 of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges”
R.I.P. John and Alicia Nash. We may be saying goodbye to you, but your story will live on forever.