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John Harsanyi
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    (May 29, 1920-August 9, 2000)
    Born in Budapest, Hungary
    Studied the application of game theory to economics
    Developed analyses for games with incomplete information
    Wrote 'Rational Behavior and Bargaining Equilibrium in Games and Social Situations' (1977), 'Papers in Game Theory' (1982) and 'A General Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Games' (1988)
    With John Nash and Reinhard Selten won the Nobel Prize in Economics (1994)
    Although he wanted to study mathematics and philosophy, he yielded to his parents' wishes and majored in pharmacology so he could take over the family drugstore.
    He met his future wife, Anne Klauber, when she was one of his students at the University of Budapest.
    He and Anne married after immigrating to Australia (1951); they understood so little English that he explained that she had promised to improve her cooking.
    When he was in a railway station waiting to be deported to a concentration camp, he removed the armband identifying him as Jewish and quietly slipped out of the station (1944).
    He spent the rest of WWII sheltered in a Jesuit monastery.
    He was forced to resign from the faculty of the University of Budapest because of his anti-Marxist opinions (1948).
    While accepting his Nobel Prize, he said he hoped his theories would help governments and corporations make better decisions and create a more peaceful world.

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