Dohrn, Johann Albert Bernhard

Dohrn, Johann Albert Bernhard a distinguished Orientalist of Germany, was born in 1805 at Scheuerfeld, near Coburg. He studied theology at Halle and Leipsic, but afterwards turned his attention exclusively to the languages of the East. In 1826 he was appointed professor of Sanscrit in the University of Kharkov, in Russia. Six years later he was called to the chair of Asiatic history and geography in the Oriental Institute at St. Petersburg, which he resigned in 1843 to become senior librarian of the imperial public library. He died in 1881. He published in 1846 Das Asiatische Museum der Kaiserlicher Akademie der Wissenschaften, and in 1852 Catalogue des Manumscrits et Xylogqraphes Orientaux. His last undertaking was an elaborate work on the migration of the ancient Huns in Taberistan. (B.P.)

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