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Pronunciation of Munkres

  1. Dec 18, 2007 #1
    Does anyone know how to pronounce the name of the author of the popular topology book?
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    I say Mun-kers.
  5. Dec 18, 2007 #4


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    Uh, how is this a math question? Should be moved to GD or something.
  6. Dec 18, 2007 #5


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    http://say.expressivo.com/jennifer/munkres%20topology [Broken] (but this is not definitive)

    From "Elementary Differential Topology",
    http://say.expressivo.com/jennifer/Differential%20topology%20may%20be%20defined%20as%20the%20study%20of%20those%20properties%20of%20differentiable%20manifolds%20which%20are%20invariant%20under%20differentiable%20homeomorphisms [Broken].
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  7. Dec 19, 2007 #6
    I've always heard it pronounced Munk-rees
  8. Dec 19, 2007 #7
    I thought Munkres was a French last name. That's why I said moon-kruh.

    How would anyone who doesn't know Munkres personally know how to pronounce his last name. Just because your professor pronounces it a certain way does not mean he's right, because how does he know?
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    This page (I know, I know, it's not really an ideal source) makes me believe it's Mun-kers, which is how my topology professor pronounced it.
  10. Dec 19, 2007 #9
    Since that page admits that there are various pronunciation of Munkres, is it possible that James Munkres himself doesn't know the pronunciation of his own last name (i.e. how it was pronounced by his ancestors)?
  11. Mar 24, 2010 #10
    I took two classes from Professor Munkres in college. (He is a magnificent teacher, by the way.) His name rhymes with the English word "bunkers."
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