It is not the place of science to insist on explanation — but only to observe, in hopes that the explanation will manifest itself.

Lawrence Stern is a Jewish natural scientist. He is a Doctor of Natural Philosophy of the Gesellschaft von Naturwissenschaft Philosophieren, Munich. He meets Claire Fraser on the island of Hispaniola, where she has drifted ashore after abandoning the Porpoise, and leads her to Hacienda de la Fuente, the residence of one Father Fogden.

Personal HistoryEdit

In 1765, Stern delivered a paper to the Royal Society about spiders. By that time he had sailed around the world six times in the course of his research.

Outlander SeriesEdit


Stern encounters Claire Fraser on the island of Hispaniola and assists her to shelter at the residence of Father Fogden, a defrocked priest. Stern later accompanies Claire and her husband, Jamie Fraser to Jamaica, in search of Fraser's kidnapped nephew.

Lord John SeriesEdit

The Scottish PrisonerEdit

Father Michael FitzGibbons mentions Stern as an acquaintance who gave him a beetle specimen as well as the tooth of a cave bear.


Stern is a kind man who views the world through a scientist's lens almost constantly.

Physical AppearanceEdit

He has a broad face, weathered and sunburned, with curly dark hair, strongly drawn black brows, and hazel eyes. He is burly, thick through the shoulders, and above middle height. On field expeditions he typically dresses in rough clothing.


  • Lawrence is a variant of Laurence,[1] from the Roman cognomen Laurentius, which meant "from Laurentum". Laurentum was a city in ancient Italy, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus "laurel".[2]
  • Stern is a German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) name from Middle High German stern, German Stern 'star', a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a star, or a Jewish ornamental name.[3]


TV SeriesEdit

Main article: Outlander (TV series)


  1. Behind the Name: Lawrence - accessed 01 July 2016
  2. Behind the Name: Laurence - accessed 01 July 2016
  3. Ancestry: Stern. Accessed 18 December 2016
  4. Gabaldon, Diana. "Lord John's gentleman visitor." MSG: 59993.44. Diana Gabaldon. Books and Writers Community. Compuserve. Published 29 May 2008. Accessed 1 December 2017.