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Christopher Kasparek (born 1945) is a Scottish-born writer of Polish descent who has translated works by numerous authors, including Ignacy Krasicki, Bolesław Prus, Florian Znaniecki, Władysław Tatarkiewicz, Marian Rejewski, and Władysław Kozaczuk, as well as the Polish–Lithuanian Constitution of 3 May 1791.
He has published papers on the history of the broad World War II era; Enigma decryption; Bolesław Prus and his novel Pharaoh; the theory and practice of translation; logology (science of science); multiple independent discovery; the classification of mental disorders; and methodology of medical documentation.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Józef and Sylvia or Stanisława[unreliable source?] Kasparek, Polish Armed Forces veterans of World War II, Kasparek lived several years in London, England, before moving with his family in 1951 to the United States.
Kasparek has translated works by historian of philosophy Władysław Tatarkiewicz ("The Concept of Poetry," 1975; On Perfection, 1979; A History of Six Ideas: an Essay in Aesthetics, 1980); military historian Władysław Kozaczuk (Enigma: How the German Machine Cipher Was Broken, and How It Was Read by the Allies in World War Two, 1984); short-story writer, novelist, and philosopher Bolesław Prus (several stories; Pharaoh, 2nd edition, 2001; "On Discoveries and Inventions"); and other Polish authors.
This is a partial list of works translated by Kasparek:
- Fables and Parables, by Ignacy Krasicki (1779)
- Constitution of 3 May 1791
- "On Discoveries and Inventions" (public lecture, 1873), by Aleksander Głowacki (Bolesław Prus's birth name)
- "Fading Voices" (micro-story by Bolesław Prus, 1883)
- "Mold of the Earth" (micro-story by Bolesław Prus, 1884)
- "The Living Telegraph" (micro-story by Bolesław Prus, 1884)
- "Shades" (micro-story by Bolesław Prus, 1885)
- "A Legend of Old Egypt" (short story by Bolesław Prus, 1888)
- Pharaoh (historical novel by Bolesław Prus, 1895)
- The Most General Life Ideals (book by Bolesław Prus, 2nd ed., 1905)
- Acknowledgements, in Józef Kasparek-Obst. The Constitutions of Poland and of the United States: Kinships and Genealogy.
- Enigma, edited, translated and augmented by Kasparek, has been described as "the Bible" on the Polish foundations of World War II Enigma decryption by Zdzisław Jan Kapera in his "Appendix F" to Władysław Kozaczuk and Jerzy Straszak, Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code, New York, Hippocrene Books, 2004, ISBN 0-7818-0941-X, pp. 135–36.
- "Kasparek, Christopher," Who's Who in Polish America, 1996–1997, New York, Bicentennial Publishing Corp., 1996, ISBN 978-0-7818-0520-9, p. 186.
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- Bibliographic essay: A world at arms by Gerhard L. Weinberg; Enigma by Kozaczuk, trans. by Christopher Kasparek. University Publications of America, Frederic MD, 1984.