Oskar von Hinüber

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Oskar von Hinüber (born 18 February 1939 in Hanover) is a scholar and author from Germany. He is professor emeritus for indologie of the Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg.

After high school he joined the navy and as a reservist holds the rank of a commander. After studying in Tübingen, Erlangen, Mainz he got his PhD in 1966 and passed his habilitation in 1973 at the university at Mainz.
After acting as professor in Mainz (1974-1981), he took up the professorship for indology at the Albert Ludwigs–Universität, Freiburg (1981-2006). He is ordinary member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, associé étranger (Membre de l’Institut) of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris, and corresponding member of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna.[1]

His publications, mainly on the linguistic history of Buddhism, epigraphy and cultural history, include 25 books and approximately 150 articles.[1]

Among his many publications, A Handbook of Pali Literature is especially indicative of his comprehensive learning and scholarly authority.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Oskar von Hinüber: "The Buddha and History" | The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies". buddhiststudies.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-16. 
  2. von Hinüber, A Handbook of Pali Literature (Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, 1997), reissued 2001, 2008 ISBN 9788121507783.

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