'hardly' and 'late'

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In the book by John Gribbin, entitled Schrodinger: the quantum revolution, I am not sure of the meaning of 'hardly' and 'late' in the following text:

Even science historian Abraham Pais, hardly known for his prurience, felt it necessary, when tring to explain in his book Inward Bound the baffling success of thirty-eight-year-old Schrodinger in December 1925, to refer to 'the remark once made to me by Weyle that Schrodinger did his great work during a late erotic outburst in his life'.
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