The famous Paddington Bear was created by English author Michael Bond, born Thomas Michael Bond. Known primarily for the Paddington Bear series, which is comprised of 20 books, Bond also wrote the Olga da Polga series and Monsieur Pamplemousse series, which are also aimed at children.
Michael Bond attributed his inspiration for the famous series to a Christmas shopping trip he made with his wife in 1956. Bond claims he came across a forlorn stuffed bear at Selfridges, which he purchased and named after the train station near his house, Paddington station. The stuffed bear eventually became the titular character of his famous books.