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I am a computer professional. I have heard the pronuciation of the word Dijkstra from various sources as

  1. di-kstra
  2. diji-kstra
  3. dik-stra

Which is the correct way of pronouncing it?

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This has been answered adequately elsewhere at Math Overflow and Wikipedia –  Matt Эллен Jun 25 '12 at 9:10
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I disagree with the closing of this question. Not one of the links given above has an IPA pronunciation of "Dijkstra" for English. –  nohat Jun 25 '12 at 15:56

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Edsger Wybe Dijkstra was a Dutch computer scientist. The Dutch pronunciation of his name is given as ˈɛtsxər ˈwibə ˈdɛɪkstra. You can listen to it here and here (this one is more clear).

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...but the one from Howjsay is less correct. Forvo has several clear and correct ones: forvo.com/search/dijkstra/nl –  Cerberus Jun 25 '12 at 16:55

In English, the Dutch name Dijkstra is normally pronounced DYKE-struh, in IPA /ˈdɑɪkstɹə/.

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it is dutch name where 'j' is always silent or pronounced like 'y' . So the name should be 'dyk(bike , hike in english ) -stra ' .

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