At some British university a fictional professor was invented in the 20th century. He also had is own office and his own (fictional) field of research, in which he published about three papers (in a fictional journal). I read about him a few years ago. I think that he had his own Wikipedia article (English Wikipedia). His publications were cited a few times in real publications.

The persons is similar to Albert Wormstein (Stewart & Wormstein, 1992; cf. Math.SE Question) or the Poppleton University.

It is not a fictional character in a book or a movie. (Otherwise I would have asked this question on another Stack Exchange site.) But he was invented by the people working at the particular university.

I am looking for the person’s name (fictional), his field of research (fictional), and the university’s name (real).

  • Interesting, I had a couple of ideas for the title of the question [now deleted] but it wouldn't match the details of the question Commented Sep 20, 2018 at 19:25
  • One of typical approaches is to combine name and last name of well known scientists, in order to make obvious on the first read that the person is fictional. e.g. Isaac Clarke or Sigmund Jung... (I fallen into same trap as JosephDoggie -- you daniel.neumann might want to rephrase the question)
    – hardyVeles
    Commented Sep 20, 2018 at 19:33
  • @hardyVeles : You mean I should rephrase the title of the post or the question in the body of the post? Commented Sep 20, 2018 at 20:12
  • @hardyVeles Is it clearer now? Commented Sep 20, 2018 at 20:13

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Are you thinking of Professor Moriarty (he's from a fictional book series, but he did author two works that have been cited in the literature), or one of the three fictional winners of the first Ig Nobel Prize, Josiah S. Carberry, Paul DeFanti, and Thomas Kyle?


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