The Math Department mourns the deaths of John F. and Alicia Nash

Senior Research Mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. and his wife Alicia died Saturday, May 23, 2015, while returning from the Abel Prize ceremonies in Norway.

Dr. Nash received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1950. He had been appointed at Princeton as a Senior Research Mathematician in 1994. Prior to that appointment at Princeton, he served as a research assistant and Instructor at Princeton, and as a Moore Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also was appointed as a Visiting Member of the Institute for Advanced Study during various times in the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to his pioneering work in game theory, which ultimately led to the awarding of the Nobel Prize (Economic Sciences) in 1994, Nash made fundamental contributions to a number of fields of mathematics. Among other honors, he won the AMS Steele Prize for research of seminal importance in 1999 for his 1956 paper "The embedding problem for Riemannian manifolds," and was awarded the 2015 Abel Prize (joint with Louis Nirenberg) "for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis."

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