Beautiful Mind mathematician John Nash dies in car crash

The Nobel Prize-winning mathematician who inspired the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind has died in a car crash.

John Nash was killed alongside his 82-year-old wife Alicia when their taxi crashed in New Jersey, reports BBC News.

The 86-year-old Princeton University mathematician was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, which depicted Nash’s struggles with schizophrenia as well as his groundbreaking work in game theory.

Crowe has tweeted his sympathies to Nash’s family, saying he’s “stunned” by the news.

He wrote: “Stunned… my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”

The movie’s director Ron Howard also paid tribute to the couple, writing: “It was an honour telling part of their story.”

“John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, ground-breaking work in game theory,” added Christopher Eisgruber, president of Princeton University.

“The story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges.”

John Nash was only last week awarded the Abel Prize, which is presented by the government of Norway to recognise outstanding achievement in mathematics.

In addition to winning the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 1994 in recognition of his pioneering game theory studies, Nash won the Double Helix Medal in 2010 in commemoration of his advocacy on mental health issues.

He was presented with several honorary degrees, and was made a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.

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