It is with a great sadness that we announce the tragic death of John Nash and his wife in a car accident. John Nash was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994 and very recently with the Abel Prize in 2015 for his work on nonlinear partial differencial equations.
For some of us, we had the great pleasure to meet him and listen his plenary talk at the 24th EURO conference in Lisbon in 2010. That was an unforgettable moment.
Quote from wikipedia:
John Forbes Nash, Jr. (June 13, 1928 – May 23, 2015) was an American mathematician whose works in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations have provided insight into the factors that govern chance and events inside complex systems in daily life.
His theories are used in economics, computing, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, accounting, computer science (minimax algorithm which is based on Nash Equilibrium), games of skill, politics and military theory. Serving as a Senior Research Mathematician at Princeton University during the latter part of his life, he shared the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with game theorists Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi. In 2015, he was awarded the Abel Prize for his work on nonlinear partial differential equations.
In 1959, Nash began showing clear signs of mental illness, and spent several years at psychiatric hospitals being treated for paranoid schizophrenia. After 1970, his condition slowly improved, allowing him to return to academic work by the mid-1980s. His struggles with his illness and his recovery became the basis for Sylvia Nasar's biography, A Beautiful Mind, as well as a film of the same name starring Russell Crowe.
On May 23, 2015, Nash and his wife, Alicia de Lardé Nash, while riding in a taxi, were killed in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey.