Professor Jotham Santelia F.R.A.S. F.B.A. was the professor of cosmology at the University of Gloucester. He was invited to Svalbard and later imprisoned. His dæmon had the form of a snake.



Santelia received an invite to Svalbard to become the vice-chancellor of Iofur Raknison's planned university. Later he was defamed, according to him by P. Trelawney, and the bear king imprisoned him.[1]

In prison, he met Lyra Silvertongue and taught her about the culture of the Panserbjørne, giving her the information she needed to help Iorek Byrnison become king of Svalbard.[1]

Santelia later wrote a book about his experiences in Svalbard entitled A Prisoner of the Bears.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Northern Lights, Chapter 19
  2. Lyra's Oxford, Globetrotter catalogue