Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks
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Sacks at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival
Born
Oliver Wolf Sacks

(1933-07-09)9 July 1933
Died30 August 2015(2015-08-30) (aged 82)
Known forPopular books containing case studies of some of his patients

Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE (9 July 1933 – 30 August 2015) was a British neurologist, writer, and amateur chemist. He was Professor of Neurology at New York University graduate School of Medicine.[1] The 1990 movie Awakenings was based on his book where he was played by Robin Williams.

Sacks was born on 9 July 1933 in London, England to a Jewish family.[2] He studied at St Paul's School, at Queen's College, Cambridge, and at Oxford University.

He addressed his homosexuality for the first time in his 2015 autobiography On the Move: A Life.[3]

Sacks was diagnosed with terminal melanoma and liver cancer in January 2015.[4] He died on 30 August 2015 at his home in New York City at the age of 82 from liver cancer.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "NYU Langone Medical Center Welcomes Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks, MD". newswise.com
  2. Brown, Andrew (5 March 2005). "Oliver Sacks Profile: Seeing double". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  3. Sacks, O. On the Move: A Life. Knopf (2015). ISBN 0385352549
  4. Sacks, Oliver (February 19, 2015). "My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer". The New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  5. New York Times Oliver Sacks dies at 82 neurologist and author explored the brains quirks

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