Famed ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife, killed in N.J …
May 24, 2015 - accent chair
MONROE — John Forbes Nash Jr., a shining Princeton University mathematician whose life story was a theme of a film “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed with his mother Alicia on Saturday in a pile-up on a New Jersey Turnpike.
Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The integrate lived in Princeton Junction.
Police conspicuous a dual were in a cab roving southbound in a left line of a turnpike when a motorist of a Ford Crown Victoria mislaid control as he attempted to pass a Chrysler in a core lane, crashing into a ensure rail nearby Interchange 8A in Monroe Township, according to State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams.
The integrate was ejected from a car, Williams said.
“It doesn’t seem that they were wearing seatbelts,” he said.
The second car also crashed into a ensure rail, Williams said. The cab motorist was extricated from a car and flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with non-life-threatening injuries. He was identified as Tark Girgis, 46, of Elizabeth. A newcomer in a Chrysler was treated for neck pain.
The pile-up was reported during 4:30 p.m. The integrate were conspicuous upheld during a stage during 5:18 p.m., conspicuous authorities.
A orator for a Middlesex County Prosecutor’s bureau conspicuous no charges were approaching to be filed in a case.
Nash had been in Norway on Tuesday to accept the Abel Prize for Mathematics from King Harald V for his work, along with longtime co-worker Louis Nirenberg, for their work on nonlinear prejudiced differential equations.
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Reached during his home Sunday, Nirenberg, who had famous Nash given a 1950s, called him a “wonderful mathematician.” After drifting behind with a integrate behind from Norway, he conspicuous they got into a cab during a airfield for a float behind home together.
Nash, a West Virginia Native, common a Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994, a year before he assimilated a Princeton arithmetic dialect as a comparison investigate mathematician. He is known for his work in diversion theory and his onslaught with paranoid schizophrenia, decorated in a 2001 film, “A Beautiful Mind,” starring Russell Crowe.
In a Tweet, Crowe currently conspicuous he was stunned. “My heart goes out to John Alicia family,” he wrote. “An extraordinary partnership. Beautiful minds, pleasing hearts.”
Stunned…my heart goes out to John Alicia family. An extraordinary partnership. Beautiful minds, pleasing hearts. https://t.co/XF4V9MBwU4
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 24, 2015
A Beautiful Mind
Nash, innate in Bluefield, W.Va., grew adult in West Virginia and perceived his bachelor’s and connoisseur degrees from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). He perceived his doctorate in arithmetic from Princeton in 1950.
Named early in his career by Fortune repository as one of a many earnest mathematicians in a world, Nash is regarded as one of a good mathematicians of a 20th century. He set a foundations of complicated diversion theory— a arithmetic of decision-making—while still in his 20s, and his luminary grew during his time during Princeton University and during Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he met Alicia Larde, a production major. They married in 1957.
They were a investigate in contrasts. He was lanky, gaunt and eccentric, and mostly with a wily smile. Alicia, a San Salvador internal who still defended an accent, was always a family anchor.
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But by a finish of a 1950s, a voices in his conduct began to pass his thoughts on mathematical theory. In his biography, Sylvia Nasar described how Nash accused one mathematician of entering his bureau to take his ideas and began to hear visitor messages. She conspicuous that when Nash was offering a prestigious chair during a University of Chicago, he declined since he was formulation to turn Emperor of Antarctica.
Alicia had him involuntarily committed several times, including twice in New Jersey, during Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and Carrier Clinic, formulating such a difference in their attribute that they divorced in 1962.
Nash, notwithstanding his illness, continued to learn and took investigate jobs via a 1960s and 1970s, returning to take adult his aged life with his former mother and their son. Alicia, who took a pursuit as a mechanism programmer for NJ Transit, continued to support both her ex-husband and their son.
As Nash aged, however, a schizophrenia symptoms began decrease in a late 1970s and a voices in his conduct faded.
“I had been prolonged adequate hospitalized that we would finally forgo my delusional hypotheses and lapse to meditative of myself as a tellurian of some-more required circumstances, and lapse to mathematical research,” Nash after wrote for the journal that described his recovery.
Alicia remained his caretaker while he battled his mental illness. The dual remarried during their home in 2001 and in after years became vital advocates for mental health care in New Jersey when their son John was also diagnosed with schizophrenia.
“He was a smashing man,” conspicuous state Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex), who has been in a forefront of mental health legislation in a state. “He helped quarrel for all of us. He was unequivocally vehement about his illness and we’re all improved off for it.”
Neighbors conspicuous that notwithstanding his celebrity, Nash confirmed a medium demeanor.
“We all knew that he was this arrange of famous person,” conspicuous Fabian Ponce, who lives nearby a Nash’s medium two-story Princeton Junction home. But Nash could mostly be seen walking, rather than driving, around their still neighborhood, Ponce said. And it was not odd to see Nash eating internal restaurants with his son, he added.
“That’s what struck me about him,” Ponce said. “Despite his eminence in his field, and a movie, he was only so down to earth.”
On Sunday afternoon, a handful of residents began to rally outward a Nash home. One neighbor, Gabriel Morales, conspicuous he was roving northbound on a New Jersey Turnpike Saturday afternoon and witnessed a issue of a accident.
Hours later, Morales conspicuous he upheld by a collision stage again as he trafficked south on a turnpike from Newark International Airport.
“You could see a car that was identical to a taxi, though it was mangled,” Morales said.
In Princeton, Dan Corica, a connoisseur of a university, conspicuous he mostly saw Nash on campus.
“He was a tangible participation on campus and we were always vehement when we saw him carrying dishes in a Frist Campus Center,” Corica said.
The campus was mostly dull currently since of a holiday weekend, though Dano Kim, who complicated arithmetic during Princeton and warranted a connoisseur grade in 2007, conspicuous he spoke with Nash from time to time.
“He was unequivocally moving to speak with him,” Kim said.”He was unequivocally opposite from what we review in a journal since there, there was unequivocally bizarre stories. But when we was articulate to him he was unequivocally kind and sounded like a unequivocally normal person.”
The final time many during Princeton saw Nash was in late March, when a university hold a jubilee following a proclamation that he had won a Abel Prize with Nirenberg.
Nash and his mother had attended a spontaneous campus reception, where colleagues took turns lauding a mathematician. The prize—which came with an $800,000 esteem that Nash would separate with Nirenberg—was deliberate a apex of his career.
“The Abel Prize is top-level among arithmetic prizes,” Nash conspicuous in his soothing voice during a event, according to an comment created by a university’s press office. “There’s unequivocally zero better.”
Though Nash was best famous for his work in diversion theory, a Abel Prize famous his other groundbreaking work in geometry and prejudiced differential equations.
At a reception, Nash sensitively discussed his work with associate mathematicians and Princeton colleagues, according to those who attended. He wore a fit and an orange tie with a sketch of Princeton’s Cleveland Tower, one of a university’s landmarks.
“Short of removing a esteem myself, there is no one a esteem could go to that would make me some-more happy,” Sergiu Klainerman, a Princeton arithmetic professor, conspicuous during a array of spontaneous speeches during a reception, according to a university’s account.
“The esteem has redressed a chronological curiosity in a public,” Klainerman said, referring to a recognition of Nash’s game-theory work. “We mathematicians know unequivocally good that [Nash] did distant deeper work many later. These are a works for that he is finally famous currently by a many prestigious arithmetic prize.”
Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber called Nash and his mother special members of a community.
“We are dumbfounded and saddened by news of a black flitting of John Nash and his mother and good champion, Alicia,” conspicuous Eisgruber. “John’s conspicuous achievements desirous generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were shabby by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in diversion theory, and a story of his life with Alicia changed millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled during their bravery in a face of daunting challenges.”
Staff writers Kelly Heyboer, Sue Epstein, Vernal Coleman and Ashley Peskoe contributed to this report.