DORN, Johann Albrecht Bernhard (Boris Andreevič) von. Schenerfeld bei Koburg 11.5.1805 — St.Petersburg 19.5.(31.5.)1881. German Orientalist (Iranian Scholar) in Russia. Studies, first Theology, soon Oriental languages, at Halle and Leipzig. PD 1825 Leipzig. As a young doctor he came to Russia, worked in 1826-35 as Professor of Oriental Languages at Harkiv University in Ukraina. Taught also Sanskrit there. From 1835 Professor and corresponding member of Imperial Academy in St.Petersburg, 1839 Adjunct and 1852 ordinary member of Academy. From 1842 the director of the Asian Museum in St.Petersburg.

Publications: Ueber die Verwandtschaft des persischen, germanischen, griechischen und lateinischen. Hamburg 1827.

History of the Afghans, translated from the Persian of Neamet-Ullah. 1-2. London 1829-36; Grammatische Bemerkungen über die Sprache der Afghanen. St.P. 1845; A chrestomathy of the Pushtu. St. Petersburg 1847.

much on Iranian (beside Pashtu) and Near Eastern philology, history and numismatics.

Sources: *V.A. Abaschnik, “J.A.B.D. (1805–1881) aus Coburg als Professor der Orientalistik in Charkow und Sankt Petersburg”, Coburger Geschichtsblätter 2004: 1-2, 26-39; Fück, Die arab. Studien 197 & N.D.B. 4, 1959, 78f.; A. M. Kulikova, *NAA 1975:2, 220–228; *von Prantl, SBaAW 1882:1, 394-396; Wikipedia with photo.