John Forbes Nash Jr.
John Forbes Nash Jr. was born in 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia.
His father was a chemical engineer from Texas and his mother, Virginia, was a native of Bluefield. Nash is famous for his pioneering contributions to Games Theory.
He originally developed his theory for his doctoral dissertation at Princeton when he was 21 years old. In 1994 he won the Nobel Prize in economics. John Forbes Nash Jr. is also remarkable for the fact that he made many math discoveries and taught brilliantly at MIT for eight years before being diagnosed with debilitating mental illness. His twenty-five year struggle with his condition has led to increased understanding of mental diseases by medical practitioners.
He recovered sufficiently to accept the Nobel Prize and continues to teach and do research. A book about his life was published in 1998, and a film, “A Beautiful Life”, was released in 2001