The Golden Compass

by

Philip Pullman

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The Palmerian Professor Character Analysis

A professor at Jordan College whose area of expertise seems to be the North. Jotham Santelia, the scholar held by the bears at Svalbard, suggests that the Palmerian Professor is a self-important upstart who actually conducts shoddy research, but this accusation is questionable given Jotham Santelia’s compromised mental state. The Palmerian Professor does seem full of himself.
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The Palmerian Professor Character Timeline in The Golden Compass

The timeline below shows where the character The Palmerian Professor appears in The Golden Compass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
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...the man. He then puts in another slide of an aurora borealis, which impresses the Palmerian Professor . Lord Asriel says that this photo is the regular emulsion, and puts in the... (full context)
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The Scholars stir excitedly, and the Palmerian Professor asks if this is the "Barnard-Stokes business." Lord Asriel addresses a Scholar and says that... (full context)
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The Palmerian Professor says that the king of Svalbard, Iofur Raknison, tricked his way onto the throne, built... (full context)
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The Librarian asks what the Palmerian Professor meant by "Barnard-Stokes." The Master says that the Church teaches that there are two worlds:... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...that she heard the name in the Retiring Room. She tries to remember what the Palmerian Professor said about Iofur. Iorek says that if the bears have Lord Asriel, he's never getting... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...University of Gloucester. When he hears that Lyra is from Oxford, he asks if the Palmerian Professor is still there and accuses him of plagiary. Lyra lies and says that the Palmerian... (full context)
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Lyra sits back and Santelia goes back to sleep. She remembers that the Palmerian Professor said that more than anything, Iofur wants a dæmon and to be human. Lyra begins... (full context)