John Forbes Nash, Jr.
John Forbes Nash Jr. (born June 13, 1928) is an American mathematician who works in game theory and differential geometry. He was born in Bluefield, West Virginia. He shared the 1994 Memorial Prize in Economics with two other game theorists, Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi.
The winner of a Westinghouse scholarship, he attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he received both his bachelor's degree and his master's degree in 1948. From Pittsburgh he went to Princeton University where he worked on his equilibrium theory. He received a Ph.D. in 1950 with a dissertation on non-cooperative games. The thesis, which was written under the supervision of Albert W. Tucker, contained the definition and properties of what would later be called the Nash equilibrium. His studies on this subject led to three articles:
- "Equilibrium Points in N-person Games", published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) (1950);
- "The Bargaining Problem" (April 1950) in Econometrica, and
- "Two-person Cooperative Games" (January 1953), also in Econometrica.
Nash also did important work in the area of manifolds (complex spatial structures):
- "Real algebraic manifolds", (1952) Ann. Math. 56 (1952), 405 – 421. (See also Proc. Internat. Congr. Math., 1950, (AMS, 1952), pp. 516 – 517.)
Other websites [change]
- Autobiography at the Nobel Prize website
- Nash's home page at Princeton
- John Forbes Nash Jr Information
- Nash FAQ from Princeton's Mudd Library, including a copy of his dissertation in PDF format
- Beautiful mind, unconventional matter, a 2001 Daily Princetonian interview
- PBS documentary
- John Nash speaks out about alleged bisexuality