University mathematician John Nash was named an Abel Prize winner by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on Wednesday.
He shared the honor with a colleague, Louis Nirenberg, who was formerly a mathematics professor at New York University.
The Abel Prize has been in existence for 12 years, and Nash is its second winner from the University. Last year’s Abel Prize was awarded to University mathematician Yakov Sinai, making Nash the second consecutive University faculty member to win the prize.
The award is accompanied by an $800,000 cash prize.
Nash received the prize for his novel research on partial differential equations, which have a number of applications in science and engineering.
Nash also won the Nobel prize in economics in 1994 for the concept of Nash equilibrium, a seminal concept in game theory.
His life, including his past struggles with schizophrenia, was depicted in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind.”
The award ceremony for the Abel Prize will take place onMay 19in Oslo, Norway.