André Weil, very influential French mathematician of the 20th Century. brother to the well-known philosopher and writer Simone Weil. Both were child prodigies. He was passionately addicted to mathematics even by the age of ten. By the age of sixteen he had read the "Bhagavad Gita" in the original Sanskrit). He studied (and later taught) in Paris, Rome, Göttingen and elsewhere, as well as at the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh, India, .