Pronunciation of scientists' names

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I'm confused what is the right pronunciation of "Kirchoff" and "Fresnel".
So far I have been pronouncing 'ch' in Kirchoff as 'sh' i.e. "Kirshoff" and keeping 's' silent in 'Fresnel' i.e. "Frenel" . Anyone from the native country of those two scientists can help me fix the right pronunciations of those two names?
 

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berkeman
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I'm confused what is the right pronunciation of "Kirchoff" and "Fresnel".
So far I have been pronouncing 'ch' in Kirchoff as 'sh' i.e. "Kirshoff" and keeping 's' silent in 'Fresnel' i.e. "Frenel" . Anyone from the native country of those two scientists can help me fix the right pronunciations of those two names?
At least here in sunny California, Kirchoff is pronounced "Kerkoff". You have Fresnel correct. These words could easily be pronounced differently in different parts of the world.
 
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Fresnel was a french guy. The pronunciation must be "frenel" like you said.
 
Gokul43201
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Kirkoff (almost Kierkoff), Frenel
 
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I'm confused what is the right pronunciation of "Kirchoff" and "Fresnel".
So far I have been pronouncing 'ch' in Kirchoff as 'sh' i.e. "Kirshoff" and keeping 's' silent in 'Fresnel' i.e. "Frenel" . Anyone from the native country of those two scientists can help me fix the right pronunciations of those two names?
I alway pronounce it Frenel, but you can't go by me. As for Fresnel, I have no idea how it might be pronounced.
 
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For a real arguement try "De Broglie"
 
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