George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Death: 2nd November 1950
Location: Ashes scattered, Shaw's Corner, Ayot Saint Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England
Cause of death: Accidental - Fall
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Irish playwright. Awarded the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature ‘for his work which is marked by both idealism and humanity, its stimulating satire often being infused with a singular poetic beauty’. Born in Dublin, he moved to London to start his literary career. Much of his early work was rejected so he became a newspaper critic. In 1898 he married Charlotte Payne-Townshend. His first successful play, Candida, was produced the same year. This was followed by a series of comedy dramas, but after the First World War his writing became more serious. Shaw is the only person ever to have won both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award, which he received in 1938 for Pygmalion.
Following his death, his ashes were mixed with those of his wife and scattered in the garden of their home in Hertfordshire.