Nash had just received a prize from Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
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John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind," has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.Nash and Alicia Nash, 82, of Princeton Township, were killed in a taxi crash Saturday, state police said. A colleague who had received an award with Nash in Norway earlier in the week said they had just flown home and the couple had taken a cab home from the airport.Known as brilliant and eccentric, Nash was associated with Princeton University for many years, most recently serving as a senior research mathematician.Nirenberg said Nash was a truly great mathematician and "a kind of genius".News of the deaths was shocking to Nirenberg.Nash then taught at MIT for several years and held a research post at Brandeis University before eventually returning to Princeton.
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