Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco's Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings. "
" Dr Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients. The New York Times referred to him as 'the poet laureate of medicine', and over the years he received many awards, including honours from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. His memoir, On the Move, was published shortly before his death in August 2015.
It is with great sadness that Picador has learnt of the death of Oliver Sacks who died on Sunday 30 August, aged 82.
When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: ‘Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far’. His autobiography, On the Move, makes it abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. Here are some of the many photos from the book.
In February this year, the 81 year-old physician, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks announced he has terminal cancer. Over the course of his career he has written several groundbreaking books about his work, often well ahead of their time and which have had huge influences in the medical profes...
Forty years ago, the first edition of Awakenings was published in England. It was the second book by a little-known doctor, Oliver Sacks (the first was Migraine).
Neurologist and Picador author Oliver Sacks is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the UK publication of his book Awakenings.
Oliver Sacks discusses how his experiences of drug-taking have enabled him to better understand the symptoms he sees in his patients
oliversacks - 12 hours ago
Very sad to hear of the passing of the wonderful actor John Heard. Is was an honor to have him playing in the movie of Awakenings alongside Robin Williams. We will remember always his deep humanity as well as his amazing performances (with Jeff Bridges) in Cutter's Way, among many other films.
oliversacks - 15 days ago
Thanks everyone for remembrances of Oliver Sacks on his 84th birthday. Wherever he is, he is glowing mightily, and thinking "Polonium!"
oliversacks - one month ago
Tune in Sunday 4 June 21.00 GMT to @BBC Radio 3 for "My Own Life," #OliverSacks on dying & David Hume. http://ht.ly/TIDq30cieek
oliversacks - 2 months ago
Read SAMARITANS, Jonathan Lynn's hilarious fictional send up of our healthcare system. Witty and deadly accurate. http://ht.ly/M5o030bxqlt
Remembering Bob Silvers - 3 months ago
Last week we lost the legendary, irreplaceable Robert B. Silvers at the age of 87. In a 2010 interview with New York Magazine, Oliver Sacks was asked, “Who is your...
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Insomniac City - 5 months ago
We at the Sacks office are thrilled to share with you some advance praise for Bill Hayes’s gorgeous memoir of his life with Oliver Sacks, Insomniac City, whose official publication date is...
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Our Favorite Books of 2016 - 7 months ago
Looking for the perfect gift, or just some enlightenment? As 2016 draws to a close, we’d like to share with you some of our favorite books of the year. ...
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Remembering Oliver Sacks - 10 months ago
Dear Friends, As we mark the one-year anniversary of Dr. Sacks’s death on August 30, we are grateful for your messages of support, and for the fact that his...
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A Mind-Opening Film - one year ago
A few days ago we had an opportunity to see “Life, Animated,” which opens around the country this weekend. Exquisitely crafted, this film introduces us to Owen Suskind: handsome (not...
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