John Forbes Nash

0512_INFO_JohnFNashMathematical genius and Nobel Prize winner, John Forbes Nash has lived with schizophrenia for over thirty years.

John Nash invented one of the most influential mathematics theories of our time - game theory. In his early thirties, at the height of his career, he experienced a psychotic episode and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Nash spent almost three decades suffering from severe delusions, hallucinations and disordered thought. By his sixties, with improved treatment and time, his symptoms abated. Soon after, he received the prestigious Nobel Prize for his development of economic equilibrium theory using the methods of calculus.

Russell Crowe plays John Forbes Nash in 'A Beautiful Mind' directed by Ron Howard and based on the biography of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. The film was released in Australia in February 2002.