A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind


Sylvia Nasar

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Henry Burchard Fine Character Analysis

Fine was Woodrow Wilson’s best friend, a mathematician and a former dean of science at Princeton in the early 20th century who helped to recruit top-tier mathematicians and scientists for the university, transforming it into a research powerhouse. Fine Hall, the math building in which John Nash spent most of his time as a graduate student (and later, as the “Phantom of Fine Hall”), was named for Henry Burchard Fine.
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Henry Burchard Fine Character Timeline in A Beautiful Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Henry Burchard Fine appears in A Beautiful Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3 – The Center of the Universe
Genius, Morality, and Relationships Theme Icon
...reputation. In the early 1900s, when Woodrow Wilson was its president, Wilson’s best friend, mathematician Henry Burchard Fine —Fine Hall’s namesake—convinced him to hire scientists in order to diversify the university faculty. (full context)