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Is it correct to dedicate a thesis to my parents and my wife as follows? Can I put their names at the end?

To my mother and father,

who have blessed me with an admiration of nature.

-- Sara & Michael

To my wife,

whose love and confidence is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement.

-- Rose

My mother's name is Sara, my father's name is Michael, and my wife's name is Rose.

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It would be understood, but it matches the form used for split dedications. Say Alice and Bob wrote a paper together, the dedication might be:

To my husband,

Charles,

who put up with my insanity as this was finished

-- Alice.

To my loving wife,

Eve, and to my mother and father.

-- Bob.

While we wouldn't read your example as saying that, it would look like that form.

I'd recommend:

To my mother and father,

Sara & Michael,

who have blessed me with an admiration of nature.

And to my wife,

Rose,

whose love and confidence is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement.

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