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Pronunciation of scientists' names

  1. Apr 24, 2008 #1
    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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  3. Apr 25, 2008 #2

    berkeman

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    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.
     
  4. Apr 25, 2008 #3
    Fresnel was a french guy. The pronunciation must be "frenel" like you said.
     
  5. Apr 25, 2008 #4

    Gokul43201

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    Kirkoff (almost Kierkoff), Frenel
     
  6. Apr 25, 2008 #5
    I alway pronounce it Frenel, but you can't go by me. As for Fresnel, I have no idea how it might be pronounced.
     
  7. Apr 25, 2008 #6

    mgb_phys

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    For a real arguement try "De Broglie"
     
  8. Apr 25, 2008 #7

    Gokul43201

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    "De Broglie"? Who's De Broglie? Surely, you refer to de Broglie!
     
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