John Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, whose life was made into the Oscar-winning film, A Beautiful Mind, was killed, along with his wife Alicia, in an accident on the NJ Turnpike yesterday afternoon. They were returning from Newark Airport, after a trip to Norway where Nash had just received a prestigious math prize. According to the NJ.com;
“The Nashes were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the New Jersey Turnpike, State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams said. The driver of the Ford Crown Victoria lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, crashing into a guard rail. The Nashes were ejected from the car. It doesn’t appear that they were wearing seatbelts.”
John was 86 and Alicia Nash was 82 and the couple live in Princeton, New Jersey. The taxi driver was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Last week, Nash, a senior research mathematician at Princeton, was in Norway to receive the The Abel Prize, shared with NYU‘s Louis Nirenberg, for their work in geometric analysis. Nirenberg had just flown back from Norway with the couple and had known them since 50s.
Such a terrible tragedy. 60 Minutes‘ reporter Bob Simon was killed in taxi crash on West Side Highway in February. Wear your seatbelt in cabs, please.