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Re: RFI: Sabine's Gull Pronunciation
The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that his name should be
pronounced by stressing the first syllable and pronounce it rhyming
with "stab" and the second syllable rhymes with pine.
Sir Edward was an interesting guy (abbreviated from
"Born: 14 October 1788, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 26 June 1883, Richmond, Surrey, England
Education: Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, London
Edward Sabine was an Irish geophysicist, astronomer, and explorer,
who made extensive pendulum measurements to determine the shape of
the earth, and established magnetic observatories to relate sunspot
activity with disturbances in terrestrial magnetism.
A Fellow since 1818, Sabine served as the Royal Society's president
(1861-71), Sir Edward Sabine was knighted in 1869. The Sabine gull
was named after him. His brother, Joseph Sabine (1770-1837) was a
He did not discover the gull, but it was named after him by his
brother Joseph who, by sharing the same surname, also became
immortalized in the annals of science!
Couldn't find a Bachman pronunciation, but as Julian Harrison knows
how the family says it, he's going to be on the money.
Also check out
all those interesting facts on your immortalized bird taxonomy heroes.
Not seen much in the way of birds lately, just a pair of house wrens
waking me up every morning: new "yard" bird too!
Receptor Biology Lab, Duke Uni Med Center, Durham, NC