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John Forbes Nash, Jr. was an American mathematician who made fundamental contributions to game theory, differential geometry, and the study of partial differential equations. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century.
Nash was born in Bluefield, West Virginia in 1928. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1950. His dissertation, Non-Cooperative Games, laid the foundation for the field of game theory.
Nash's work in game theory and differential geometry earned him the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. He also received the John von Neumann Theory Prize in 1978 and the Abel Prize in 2015.
Nash's life was not without its struggles. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1959 and spent much of his later life in and out of psychiatric hospitals. Despite his illness, he continued to work on mathematics and published several papers in the 1990s.
Nash died in 2015 at the age of 86. He is remembered for his groundbreaking contributions to mathematics and for his inspiring story of resilience in the face of adversity.