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What is the "correct" pronunciation of Robin Hartshorne's last name? Mostly I hear it pronounced "Har-shorn" although I've also heard "Harts-orn" and maybe a few other variations.

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Here are two similar questions, to which we might want to apply the same standards: mathoverflow.net/questions/4381/pronunciation-dijkstra, mathoverflow.net/questions/4394/pronunciation-crapo –  Jonas Meyer Apr 4 '10 at 5:24
I pity the poor devils with unpronounceable names... –  Georges Elencwajg Apr 4 '10 at 9:10
I'm with Georges on this. –  Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson Apr 4 '10 at 17:56
I was once told, "'Hart-shorn' is the book, 'Harts-horn' is the person." –  Jonathan Wise Apr 4 '10 at 21:17
The poor devils could follow Kiran Kedlaya's example: mit.edu/~kedlaya/about-my-name.html –  Greg Marks Jul 30 '11 at 21:09

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He prefers it be pronounced as in Hart's Horn. I asked him a few years ago, our brief common ground being assisting Marvin Jay Greenberg with revisions for the fourth edition of his book on Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry. That is not to say that I have ever heard anyone else say it that way. But then few people get my name right.

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How is Jagy pronounced? –  Jonas Meyer Apr 4 '10 at 5:03
As it happens, I asked Robin the same qustion a few weeks ago and he replied: "think of hart's horn (it means the horn of a deer)" –  Dror Speiser Apr 4 '10 at 10:57
(So is Figueroa, by the way.) –  José Figueroa-O'Farrill Apr 4 '10 at 16:07
BTW, my given name is Robert Lewis; people call me Bob Lewis. That's "B" as in Banach, "o" as in "operator", "L" as in "Labochevsky", an "ew" diphthong pronounced generally as the "u" in "grand U-nified theory, "i" as in "integral" and "s" as in "simplex". Any questions? –  drbobmeister Jan 10 '11 at 17:18
I am German and I have the impression that people in Germany usually pronounce it Hart-shorn. –  Lennart Meier Sep 9 '11 at 10:04

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