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"A Beautiful Mind" Nobel Prize Winner is Honored by New Jersey Congressional Representatives

Scene from "A Beautiful Mind" featuring the Acceptance speech of Dr.John F. Nash Credits: You Tube

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) announced passage of her bill in the House to name a Princeton post office after scholar and pioneer, Dr. John F. Nash, Jr.  He is the only person to be awarded both the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the Abel Prize in Economics.

“Dr. John F. Nash, Jr. serves as a national example of fearlessness in wrestling down problems so difficult few others dared to try,” said Watson Coleman. “When residents come to the Post Office in Princeton, I hope they are inspired by his legacy, the originality of his thinking and his remarkable achievements that empowered generations of mathematicians, scientists and economists,” said the Congresswoman in a release issued yesterday.

Nash was the subject of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind  starring Russell Crowe that won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Writing.  Throughout his life, Nash was plagued by the schizophrenia that accompanied his mathematical genius. 

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John F. Nash, Jr. received the Abel Prize on May 29, 2015.  He was killed in a taxi accident on the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 8A in Monroe Township on May 23rd. Nash (86) and his wife Alicia (82) were on their way home after a week of Abel celebrations in Oslo and Bergen when they died in the car crash. 

When the news broke, the following day, people in America and around the world expressed their profound sadness at the loss of this devoted couple. As recorded in the university website, Christopher Eisgruber, Princeton University’s President, said, "“John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in game theory, and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges.”

This year's Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to New Jersey native Dr. John Thaler, originally from West Orange, who is currently a professor at the University of Chicago.

During her first term, Watson Coleman hosted a post office naming competition. Dr. Nash, Jr. was submitted by Hopewell Valley elementary school student Lyla Malloy.  The Congresswoman concluded her remarks by praising Malloy: "Finally, I want to end my remarks by congratulating Ms. Lyla Malloy, the student in my district whose essay submission to our post office naming competition was chosen out of 84 entries."

The Watson Coleman bill, H.R. 2302, would rename the US Post Office located at 259 Nassau Street, Suite 2 in Princeton, NJ as the “Dr. John F. Nash, Jr. Post Office." Every member of the New Jersey Congressional delegation has cosponsored this bill.

 

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