John Forbes Nash Jr., the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, on whose life the movie A Beautiful Mind was based, was killed in a car accident today along with his wife. Nash, 86, and his wife, Alicia Nash, 82, were both residents of West Windsor, New Jersey.
Nash and his wife had been in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike in Monroe Township. The taxi was southbound when the driver lost control while trying to pass a car in the center lane. The taxi, which was a Ford Crown Victoria, crashed into the guard rail. The Nashes, who were not wearing their seatbelts, were thrown out of the taxi.
The taxi driver was taken from the wreckage and flown to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The other car, a Chrysler, also collided with the guard rail, but no one was injured. The crash is being investigated and, according to New Jersey Police Sgt. Gregory Williams, there is no suspicion of the taxi driver having used alcohol or drugs.
Nash, a senior research mathematician, won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. He was well known within the community for his work on the game theory and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 movie, A Beautiful Mind. Crowe tweeted out his condolences following Nash’s death, saying “Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”
Nash was also awarded the Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on May 19 and was coming back from the airport when the crash happened. He struggled with paranoid schizophrenia and his wife, Alicia, was his caretaker. Their son, John Nash, was also diagnosed with the mental illness.
By Anugya Chitransh
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