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  1. American mathematician John Forbes Nash looks onduring day one of the 2011 Nobel Laureates Beijing Forum at the National Museum on September 28, 2011 in Beijing, China.

    Crash Kills John Nash of ‘A Beautiful Mind’

    He solved problems no one else could, including his own. John Nash, 86, the winner of the 1994 Nobel economics prize whose troubled life was captured in the Oscar-winning 2001 film, died alongside his wife on Saturday in a New Jersey taxi crash. The West Virginia-born mathematician’s breakthrough work on game theory came before he was 30, when debilitating schizophrenia began taking hold. His wife Alicia helped him through the “lost” decades until he began to “intellectually reject” his delusions, ultimately solving the most vexing puzzle of all.

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