According to police, Nobel Prize winner and Princeton University mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr., and his wife were killed in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.’s, life was the inspiration for the film “A Beautiful Mind.” He and his wife, Alicia Nash, were killed when a cab driver lost control and crashed the vehicle in which they were riding into a guard rail on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police Department, the driver was trying to pass a Chrysler while traveling south in Monroe Township.
Nash and another mathematician, Louis Nirenberg, had just received a prize from the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo just days before the crash. Nirenberg said Nash was “a kind of genius” and an incredible mathematician.
Police reports indicated that neither Nash nor his wife were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and were thrown from the vehicle when it collided with the guard rail. The taxi driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. One passenger who was in the Chrysler during the accident was treated for neck pain.
Russell Crowe, star of the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind,” tweeted on Sunday that he was stunned and heartbroken by the news. The Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to Nash for the work he did in game theory. Game theory is considered to be one of the most influential ideas from the 20th century.
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