Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks
Sacks at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival
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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. New York Times Oliver Sacks dies at 82 neurologist and author explored the brains quirks

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