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    #1

    (the) Professor Wichterle

    A soft contact lens was invented by (the) Czech Professor Otto Wichterle.

    Dear mates,

    Can anyone explain me whether and why I should employ or ignore the definite article in the sentence above?

    Thanks.

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    Re: (the) Professor Wichterle

    Omitting the article would express a generality, as in a Czech professor. Invert the phrase and see what happens:

    ...invented by Otto Wichterle, Czech professor.

    Short for:
    ...invented by Otto Wichterle, a Czech professor.

    Short for:
    ...invented by Otto Wichterle, who is a Czech professor.

    Now,

    ...invented by Otto Wichterle, the Czech professor, who we all know or who we have just been talking about or who we are just about to talk about.

    Which meaning do you want, (who is, by the way, a) Czech professor or the (known to the readers) Czech professor?


    Does that help?

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    #3

    Re: (the) Professor Wichterle

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    A soft contact lens was invented by (the) Czech Professor Otto Wichterle.

    Dear mates,

    Can anyone explain me whether and why I should employ or ignore the definite article in the sentence above?

    Thanks.
    I don't think you need the in your sentence - it's obvious who you're referring to, Otto Wichterle.
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    Re: (the) Professor Wichterle

    In this case, because it is identifying [the Czech] Professor.
    If the sentence was rephrased without "Czech", you can omit "the".

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