Playwright and Old Pocklingtonian Tom Stoppard (51-54) is among several leading figures from the worlds of science, the arts, law and sport to be given honorary degrees by Oxford University.
Tom has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage. He is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation and has won numerous awards for his plays including Arcadia, The Real Thing, The Invention of Love and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil and Shakespeare in Love, and has received an Academy Award and four Tony Awards. His most recent work includes, for screen, Anna Karenina and for television, the acclaimed BBC 2 series Parade’s End. His plays explore themes of human rights, censorship and political freedom as well as exploring linguistics and philosophy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Upon being awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters Tom commented “I’ve always been fascinated by Oxford and I’ve always been attracted by Oxford. So, yes, it does have a special significance for me to be, at least in an honorary way, a Doctor here”.
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