Otto Donner

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Bust of Otto Donner by Walter Runeberg (Son of J L Runeberg
For the composer and music personality, see Henrik Otto Donner.

Otto Donner (15 December 1835, Kokkola – 17 September 1909, Helsinki) was a Finnish linguist and politician. He was professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Indo-European linguistics at the University of Helsinki, but also studied the Finno-Ugric languages. He was a member of the Diet of Finland 1877–1905, and minister of education 1905–1908. He was also influential in the founding of the Finno-Ugrian Society in 1883.

His mother tongue was Swedish, but he was a fennoman by conviction.

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