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Sir Tom Stoppard was born on July 3, 1937 at Zlin in the Moravia region of Czechoslovakia. He is a British Playwright. His birth name was Tomas Straussler. His parents were Martha Beckova and Eugen Straussler. As they were Jews, they had to flee from Czechoslovakia just before German invasion in 1939. His family had to keep shifting from Czechoslovakia to Singapore, Australia, and then to Darjeeling, India. His Father died in Japanese attack on Singapore. His Mother married to a British army major Kenneth Stoppard in the year 1945 and they got the English surname. After the war they moved to England. He attended Dolphin School in Nottinghamshire and Pocklington School in Yorkshire.
At the age of seventeen he left school and worked as a journalist at Western Daily Press for four years. Then he was offered by Bristol Evening World for the position of humor columnist, feature writer and secondary drama critic. And this brought Stoppard into the world of Theatre. Initially he was writing short radio plays. Then he completed his first stage play, titled, A Walk on the Water. This changed his struggling life. This play was first staged in Hamburg and then, in 1963, broadcast on British Independent Television. He wrote one-act play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Meet King Lear, in a Berlin Mansion. This act evolved in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead that won him Tony award. He then produced many works for television, radio and theatre, like, M is for Moon Among Other Things, A Separate Peace, and If You are Glad I’ll be Frank.
In 1966, he wrote a novel named Lord Malquist and Mr. Moon which was set in contemporary London. He also translated various plays written by Slawomir Mrozek, Johann Nestroy, Vaclav Havel, and Arthur Schnitzler into English. He is also said to have co-written screenplays for movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Brazil, Shakespeare in Love, and Sleepy Hollow.
Tom Stoppard won one Academy awards and four Tony awards. His writing themes for his playwrights were political freedom, censorship, and human rights, philosophy and explorations of linguistics. He is also a key Playwright of the National Theatre. He got various honors also like, CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the year 1978, Knight Bachelor in the year 1997, and Order of Merit in 2000. He also got the Honorary doctorate from Yale University, Honorary degree from Cambridge University, and Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society, Trinity College, Dublin.