Vorian is one of the characters from the Legends of Dune series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson. He's the founder of the Atreides dynasty, from which the main characters of the rest of the Dune books come.
I took a history of science course and the professor was the US's foremost expert on the topic. So, instead of using one of his own books, he used a rival's book and spent the whole time reading from the book and telling us what the author got wrong. He was like 90, so he would sometimes fall asleep standing at the podium and would keep talking in his sleep.