Marchaj ??

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  1. messabout
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    messabout Senior Member

    In deference to C.A. Marchaj and his considerable contribution to our boat knowledge, I would like to learn the pronunciation of his name as he would prefer. I have had no particular problem with the names of other gurus...Chapelle, Archer, Fox, Gardner, Skene, , etc. I can even pronounce Faltinsen and notice that it is spelled with an"e" not an "o", but Marchaj ?
  2. Doug Lord
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    I used to say Marshay but I was corrected by an apparently knowledgeable person to: "Marshack".... Still have the first two books and still refer to them for inspiration.
  3. apex1

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    Right, Marshak comes close. He was born in Poland. A bit difficult to speak their names. His first name: "Czesław" is a challenge too! What looks like a "L" is a "L" but spoken like a "W" so: Tsheswaw
  4. Paul B

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    I have been told the man himself pronounces it "Mar-Kay".
  5. markdrela
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    markdrela Senior Member

    Not quite.

    The English spelling which is close to the Polish pronounciation is
    Cheswaf Marhai
    with the a's pronounced as in "ah", and the "r" is rolled.

    I'm fluent in Polish
  6. Eric Sponberg
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    Eric Sponberg Senior Member

    Having met the man and worked with him on a wingmast project that we tested at the Wolfson Unit Wind Tunnel, and having exchanged Christmas cards and letters over the years, I can categorically state that he pronouces his name in an Anglicized way as "mar-KI". He is retired now and lives in the South of France.

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    Eric et al!

    Mach I, my brother Carl got in contact with him some years ago. Yes, Tony was living in the south of France and was busy hang-gliding. As retired he refined the use of the Kutta 2:nd order vortices.
  8. messabout
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    messabout Senior Member

    Thanks for the feedback gentlemen. I acknowledge each reply but it seems that Eric has the most likely answer. It is probably true that Mr. Marchaj is accustomed to having his name vocally butchered. On the other hand the unusual name might have been an advantage by helping him become the specific discipline celebrity that he is.
  9. szkutnik
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    szkutnik Junior Member

    I am Polish,like Marchaj.
    markdrela is the closest.
    Cheswaf with emphasis on e.
    Mar-Hi with the a's pronounced as in "ah" and with emphasis on a

  10. hoytedow
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    I am glad that's settled.:)
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