John "Johnny" Charles Nash, the couple's 56-year-old kid, suffers from schizophrenia, the same mental illness that afflicted his father. Russell Crowe played Professor Nash in the Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind," which recounted his battle with the condition.
Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects about 1 percent of the population. People with this disease experience problems with thinking and feeling such as delusions or hallucinations. The cause of schizophrenia is not known, but it appears to be passed down through families who include people who suffer from it.
The Nashes were wealthy American farmers. Johnny was born in 1916 in North Carolina. He had two brothers and a sister. His parents divorced when he was young, and he and his mother moved to California, where she got a job teaching math at Berkeley High School. His mother later married an accountant named Charles Nash.
Johnny Nash grew up listening to music and dancing around the kitchen table with his mom while his dad worked on the farm. He said that he wanted to be a singer like Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin before he became mentally ill. In fact, he originally planned to study engineering at UCLA before dropping out to focus on music.
During his time at the university, he met another student musician named Peg Nash. They fell in love and got married in 1940.
John was initially treated with insulin shock therapy; afterwards, he was treated with medicines. It is crucial to highlight that the film A Beautiful Mind skips several years (1960s-1980s) of the actual John Nash's life, which were turbulent. During this time he became mentally unstable and suffered from depression.
A year after his treatment began, he started to recover and start thinking clearly again. He returned to Princeton University where he had received his PhD, but this time as a professor.
Nash published several important papers during his time at Princeton, including one that proved that no complex human behavior can be fully explained by a single gene. His work also helped develop modern statistics.
He then went on to win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on game theory.
After winning the prize, he continued his research into neural networks. He also worked on projects for the NSA (National Security Agency), NASA and the Department of Defense.
In 2001, Nash died at the age of 42 after being hit by a car near his home in New Jersey. The driver was not charged with any crime. A few months before his death, John Nash had become the first person with autism to be awarded a PhD degree. The movie shows him receiving his doctorate at Harvard University.
John Nash, a mathematician who died in a vehicle accident on May 23, was known for his decades-long fight with schizophrenia, which was prominently represented in the 2001 Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind." Nash seems to have recovered from the ailment later in life, which he claimed he did without the need of medicine. He died at the age of 46.
Nash was born on January 2, 1933, in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1955 and went on to receive his PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1959. After teaching mathematics at several universities, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in 1967.
His work focused on game theory, economics, and mathematical physics. He is best known for his work on game theory, especially cooperative games such as bridge and chess. However, he also made contributions to other fields of mathematics, such as algebraic geometry and differential topology.
In 2004, the Nobel Prize Committee decided to give two prizes that year, one for Physics and another for Chemistry. They chose Nash as the recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences because of his work on equilibrium theories in game theory. The prize money is 9 million Swedish kronor (about $1.5 million).
During World War II, Nash helped develop the first airborne radar system. After the war, he continued his work on radar at MIT.