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.


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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    $\begingroup$ How is Jagy pronounced? $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Apr 4 '10 at 5:03
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    $\begingroup$ 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)" $\endgroup$ – Dror Speiser Apr 4 '10 at 10:57
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    $\begingroup$ (So is Figueroa, by the way.) $\endgroup$ – José Figueroa-O'Farrill Apr 4 '10 at 16:07
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    $\begingroup$ 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? $\endgroup$ – drbobmeister Jan 10 '11 at 17:18
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    $\begingroup$ I once heard somebody quip that the man's name is pronounced "Hart's Horn" but the book is pronounced "Hart Shorn." $\endgroup$ – Ramsey Feb 8 '13 at 20:37

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