John Nash

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

John NashName: John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Born: June 13, 1928, in Bluefield, West Virginia, USA

Died: May 23, 2015 (Age: 86)

Computer-related contributions

  • American mathematician who is known for Nash equilibrium, Nash embedding theorem, Algebraic geometry and Partial differential equations.
  • Interests included game theory, partial differential equations and differential geometry.
  • His theories are used in computing, artificial intelligence, accounting, market economics, evolutionary biology, politics, and military theory.

Significant publications

  • Two-person Cooperative Games (1953).
  • Non-cooperative Games (1951).
  • The Bargaining Problem (1950).
  • Equilibrium Points in N-person Games (1950).

Honors and awards

  • Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1994).
  • John von Neumann Theory Prize (1978).
  • He is the subject of the Hollywood movie A Beautiful Mind which focuses on his mathematical genius and schizophrenia.


"I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style that is characteristic of scientists. However, this is not entirely a matter of joy as if someone returned from physical disability to good physical health."