I'm reading up on Likert scales, and came across this section on the Wikipedia page:
Rensis Likert, the developer of the scale, pronounced his name 'lick-urt' with a short "i" sound. It has been claimed that Likert's name "is among the most mispronounced in [the] field." Although many people use the long "i" variant ('lie-kurt'), those who attempt to stay true to Dr. Likert's pronunciation use the short "i" pronunciation ('lick-urt').
also, I did a whole bunch of reading before thinking to look at the Wikipedia page - I was hoping to find links to other original sources. relax.