b. Paris, 1906; d. Princeton, New Jersey, 1998
Algebraic geometry; number theory
André Weil was one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century. His influence is due both to his original contributions to a remarkably broad spectrum of mathematical theories, and to the mark he left on mathematical practice and style, through some of his own works as well as through the BOURBAKI [VI.96] group, of which he was one of the principal founders.
Weil, as well as his sister, the philosopher, political activist, and religious thinker Simone Weil, received an excellent education. Both were brilliant students, very widely read, with a keen interest in languages (including Sanskrit). André Weil soon specialized in mathematics, ...