# Why did John Nash win a Nobel Prize?

## Why did John Nash win a Nobel Prize?

John Nash, in full John Forbes Nash, Jr., (born June 13, 1928, Bluefield, West Virginia, U.S.—died May 23, 2015, near Monroe Township, New Jersey), American mathematician who was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize for Economics for his landmark work, first begun in the 1950s, on the mathematics of game theory.

**What is John Nash’s theory?**

The Nash equilibrium states that the optimal strategy for an actor is to stay the course of their initial strategy while knowing the opponent’s strategy and that all players maintain the same strategy, as long as all other players do not change their strategy.

**Did John Nash get a Nobel Peace Prize?**

But in subsequent decades, a devastating struggle with schizophrenia hampered the mathematician’s career; although his ideas remained important, writes biographer Sylvia Nasar, “Nash, the man, was all but forgotten.” Then, in 1994, Nash won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

### Who turned down a Nobel Prize?

Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre

JAKARTA – On October 22, 1964, the Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. But he refused. He became the first person to refuse the Nobel Prize.

**Is John Nash’s son schizophrenia?**

The couple’s child, John “Johnny” Charles Nash, 56, suffers from schizophrenia, the same mental disorder that plagued his father. Professor Nash’s struggle with the disease was chronicled in the Oscar-winning movie “A Beautiful Mind,” in which he was played by Russell Crowe.

**Did Nash break codes?**

Nash specialised in noncooperative game theory. The mathematician worked for the National Security Agency of the US government. He helped to break enemy codes and establish ones for the US to use that could not easily be broken.

#### What was John Nash’s contribution to game theory?

A two-page paper published by John Nash in 1950 is a seminal contribution to the field of Game Theory and of our general understanding of strategic decision-making. That paper, “Equilibrium points in N-person games”, introduced a cornerstone concept which came to be known as Nash equilibrium.

**How does game theory work?**

Game theory studies interactive decision-making, where the outcome for each participant or “player” depends on the actions of all. If you are a player in such a game, when choosing your course of action or “strategy” you must take into account the choices of others.

**Did John Nash work for the NSA?**

Nash and the National Security Agency (NSA) from the 1950s when he was developing his ideas on an encryption-decryption machine. At the height of his career in mathematics, Dr. Nash wrote a series of letters to NSA, proposing ideas for such a machine.

## Did John Nash actually go to the Pentagon?

In real life, Nash’s defence-related work was undertaken for the Rand Corporation, not directly for the Pentagon.