Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, 86, and his wife, 82, were killed in a car accident on Saturday, New Jersey State Police told The Huffington Post. Nash inspired the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind.
Nash was a senior mathematician at Princeton University in New Jersey. He and Alicia were traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike when their driver lost control, NJ.com quoted state police sergeant Gregory Williams as saying. The cab hit a guardrail and the couple was thrown from the vehicle, reported The Guardian.
John Nash, inspiration for the film A Beautiful Mind, dead in car crash:
The film A Beautiful Mind depicted his struggles with schizophrenia and his groundbreaking work in game theory, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994. He also received the Abel Prize, which is the most prestigious honor for mathematics, in March.
Russell Crowe, who played Nash in the movie, tweeted: “Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”
The film’s director Ron Howard also tweeted his tribute to the “brilliant” John Nash and his “remarkable” wife.
Alicia Nash helped care for her husband, and the two later became prominent mental health advocates. The two were thrown from their vehicle, police said. Media reports said the couple may not have been wearing seat belts when they crashed. Their taxi driver and a passenger in another car were also injured, wrote BBC News.
A Beautiful Mind mathematician, wife killed in crash:
The president of Princeton, Christopher Eisgruber, said he was “stunned and saddened” to hear of their deaths. “John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists, and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in game theory.”
Nirenberg said Nash was a truly great mathematician, and ‘a kind of genius.’