Check out the recommendation letter for John Nash when he applied to Princeton

The recommendation letter calls the late Noble Prize winner John Nash, a mathematical genius.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: June 7, 2015 12:44:37 pm
John Nash, John Nash Princeton recommendation letter, John Nash Recommendation letter,A Beautiful Mind, Nobel Prize winner, Nobel Prize Winner John Nash, John Nash dies, John Nash car accident, Who was John Nash, Social media In this Oct. 11, 1994 file photo, Princeton University professor John Nash speaks during a news conference at the school in Princeton, N.J., after being named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for economics. (Source: Associated Press)

Last week, mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” passed away along with his wife in a car accident.  Now a tribute, Princeton has put out photos of the original recommendation letter that was written for John Nash by one of his professors when he was applying to the prestigious institution as a graduate student.

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Princeton University wrote on their Facebook page: “One recommendation called the young John Nash ‘a mathematical genius.’ Another noted that ‘the institution that secures him as a graduate student will be fortunate indeed.'”

Check out the Princeton’s Facebook post below:

The recommendation letter, which calls him a mathematical genius, is definitely one of the shortest ones ever written. It has gone viral on social media and has seen over 10,000 shares on Facebook alone.

JohnNash_letter The recommendation letter that has gone viral. (Source: Facebook)


Nash and his wife in a taxi cab when the driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail. The Oscar award-winning film “A Beautiful Mind” starring Russell Crowe was loosely based on Nash’s longtime struggle with schizophrenia.

John Nash was a Princeton University scholar, who was awarded the Nobel Price for economics in 1994 for his work on game theory. He also won the Abel Prize for Mathematics and is the only person to have won both honours.

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