Dr. Malcolm Polstead was a scholar at the University of Oxford in Lyra's world.
As a child, Malcom lived with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. One night, he helped Lord Asriel visit Godstow Priory to visit his daughter Lyra when she was just a baby.
In his adult life, he obtained a doctorate. Lyra wrote him a letter, asking him for advice about writing her dissertation.
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