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The medal of the Nobel laureate John Nash will be auctioned

The Nobel medal in Economics, which in 1994 was awarded to American mathematician John Nash, October 17, will be offered for auction, hosted by auction house Sotheby’s. It is expected that an unusual lot will be sold for an amount from 2.5 to 4 million dollars.

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John Nash

John Nash was awarded the gold medal and “Analysis of equilibria in the theory of non-cooperative games” together with my colleagues Reinhard Selenom and John Harsanyi. Until then, however, the scientist who developed symptoms of schizophrenia, and he was deprived of the opportunity to read the traditional Nobel lecture at Stockholm University, as the organizers feared for his condition. Subsequently, the biography and scientific work of the scientist attracted the attention of the General public — in particular, in 1998, the American journalist Sylvia Nazar dedicated math book soon became a bestseller and, subsequently, based on this book was filmed the famous movie A Beautiful Mind, in the Russian hire appeared under the title “mind Games”. The film received four Oscars and a Golden globe, and was also awarded several prizes BAFTA. John Nash died on may 23, 2015 with his wife in a car accident. He was 86 years old and his wife 83.

The Nobel prize in Economics differs from the others in that it is the legacy of Alfred Nobel, was established in his memory by the Swedish national Bank. Although some experts are ambivalent about the fact that this award is on a par with “ordinary” Nobel, the Swedish national Bank Prize in economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel is considered the most prestigious in its field.

Upcoming auction — not the first case when the Nobel medal has to go under the hammer. For example, in April 2013, at auction for $ 2.2 million was sold to a medal of one of the discoverers of DNA, Francis Crick. A large part of the proceeds of the relatives of the Screaming directed at the funding of scientific institutions, continues the work of the scientist. And at the end of the 2014 medal of American biologist James Watson in 1962, shared with Francis Crick of his award, was bought by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, and then returned to Watson. The Russians explained his step with respect to the scientist.

Later, in February 2015, it became known that the auction Nobel medal economist Simon Kuznets. All such episodes in the history of the award has occurred about a dozen.


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