Mathematician: John Forbes Nash Jr.

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John Forbes Nash Jr. was born on June 13, 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia. John grew up to be one of the greatest mathematicians of his generation. Nash’s works in game theory, differential geometry, and particle differential equations are now used across the world in things such as: market economics, evolutionary biology, accounting, computing, politics, military theory, as well as others. As stated before, Nash was born on June 13, 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia. He is the son of his father, John Nash Sr., an electrotecnician, and his mother, Virginia Martin, a language teacher. It is said that when he was a young boy he converted his room into a laboratory and spent much of his time experimenting and doing research. Throughout his early school career, his parents would often push him to better his education. He would often receive books and encylopedias from his parents so that he could further expand his knowledge. During his final high school year his parents arranged for him to take advanced mathematics courses at a community college that was local to them. Nash earned a full scholarship to the Carnegie Institute of Technology. After starting his college career with a major in chemical engineering, he later switched to chemistry and eventually mathematics. He later graduated with a bachelor of science in mathematics and a master of science in mathematics in 1948. After graduation he started his graduate studies at Princeton University. During Nash’s time at Princeton, he worked on his equilibrium theory. In 1950 he earned a Ph.D. with a dissertation on non-cooperative games. This thesis contained what would later be recognized as the Nash Equilibrium. During the next few years he work... ... middle of paper ... ...he and De Larde renewed their relationship and remarried on June 1, 2001. A movie was released in December 2001 based on the life of John Nash call A Beautiful Mind. The film was directed by Ron Howard and starred Russell Crowe, who portrayed Nash. The movie received criticism due to the inaccurate depiction of much of Nash’s life and schizophrenia. Some of Nash’s recent work includes topics such as advanced game theory, mental illness, and psychology. Nash has been a guest speaker at a number of world-class events also he has received many honorary degrees from a number of institutions. In 2012 he became a member of the American Mathematical Society. He now is accepted as one of the greatest American mathematicians as well as one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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