There are many things, people and organizations that can bring out inspiration. Sometimes an inspirational person can bring more attention to a cause or vice versa. Sometimes a story can be inspirational. A person that achieves success despite a disability, can inspire people to achieve.
John Forbes Nash Jr. was a world renowned mathematician known for his work in mathematics and economics. He is known for Nash equilibrium, Nash functions, and Nash-Moser theorem. In his early thirties he began showing signs of mental illness. He was treated at psychiatric hospitals for paranoid schizophrenia. His life and work with his illness is portrayed in the book and award-winning movie, A Beautiful Mind.
John Nash was born in 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia. He attended public school, however did take advanced mathematics courses at a local community college during his senior year of high school. He next attended Carnegie Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1948 with a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics. He then continued graduate studies in mathematics at Princeton University. He earned a PhD in 1950.
In 1951, he joined the faculty at MIT. His groundbreaking work in mathematics was published in academic papers and books. His work lead to awards, including the John von Neumann Theory Prize in 1978 and the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994.
John Nash had a son in the early 1950s. He did not stay with or marry the mother. In 1957, he married Alicia Lopez-Harrison de Larde. They had a son a couple years later. He began being treated for schizophrenia around this time and they later divorced in 1963. They remarried in 2001.
In 2015, Nash and his wife were killed in a car accident. Obituaries were published around the world. The New York Times also published an article containing numerous quotes of John Nash’s. He is known in popular culture due to the book and movie, A Beautiful Mind. Be inspired! Have a bright day!