Shiing-Shen Chern

Shiing-Shen Chern (October 26, 1911 – December 3, 2004) was a Chinese-born American mathematician. He was regarded as one of the leaders in differential geometry of the twentieth century.

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Shiing-Shen Chern - Transliteration and Pronunciation
... Chern's surname is a common Chinese surname which is now usually spelt Chen ... The unusual spelling "Chern" is a transliteration in the old Gwoyeu Romatzyh (GR) romanization for Mandarin Chinese used in the early twentieth century China ... The silent r in "Chern" indicates a second-tone syllable, written "Chén" in pinyin but in practice often written by non-Chinese without the tonal mark ...