Mathematician:John Forbes Nash

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American mathematician who made fundamental contributions to game theory, differential geometry, and the study of partial differential equations

Abel Prize

John Forbes Nash was awarded an Abel Prize with Louis Nirenberg in $\text {2014}$:

For striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.




  • Born: 13 June 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia, USA
  • Died: 23 May 2015 in New Jersey, USA

Theorems and Definitions

Definitions of concepts named for John Forbes Nash can be found here.


  • 1951: Non-Cooperative Games (Ann. Math. Vol. 54: pp. 286 – 295)
  • 1952: Real Algebraic Manifolds (Ann. Math. Vol. 56: pp. 405 – 421)
  • 1954: $C^1$ Isometric Imbeddings
  • 1956: The Imbedding Problem for Riemannian Manifolds
  • 1958: Continuity of Solutions of Parabolic and Elliptic Equations (Amer. J. Math. Vol. 80: pp. 931 – 954)