[Princeton NJ USA]: Reporting the sad loss of well known Princeton University mathematician (+ Bi Elder) John F. Nash Jr and his wife Alicia Lopez-Harrison de Lardé, a physics major and computer programmer, on 23 May 2015, when the taxi they were traveling in on New Jersey Turnpike was involved in an car crash.
Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82 and they resided in Princeton Junction. Dr. Nash is survived by a sister, Martha Nash Legg and two sons, John David Stier from an earlier relationship and John Charles Martin Nash.
Nash 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, politics and military theory.
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.
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.
Nash had been in Norway on Tuesday to receive the Abel Prize for Mathematics from King Harald V for his work, along with longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg, for their work on nonlinear partial differential equations.
While The New York Times Obituary refers to, “his relationships with men”, the feature film about him (2001’s A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe) had completely erased his bisexuality.
In fact, occurrences in Nash’s life illustrate the pernicious and vicious evil of institutionalized biphobia + homophobia. In 1954, while in his 20s, Nash was arrested for indecent exposure in an organized “entrapment of homosexuals” in Santa Monica CA. Although the charges were dropped, he was stripped of his top-secret security clearance and fired from RAND Corporation, where he had spent a few summers as a consultant.
An astounding intellect and one of our own!