Elias Lönnrot, composer of the Finnish national epic Kalevala, with his family in the early 1860s. The most important contributions to improving the status of Finnish were made by Elias Lönnrot. His impact on the development of the modern vocabulary was crucial. He compiled the Kalevala, acted as an arbitrator in disputes about the development of standard Finnish, ensuring the Western dialects Agricola preferred were preserved. He studied medicine at the Academy of Turku.