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.
Read an extract from Will Self's introduction to the Picador Classic edition of Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
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.
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).
Watch these videos of the late Neurologist and Picador author Oliver Sacks.
Oliver Sacks and others weigh in on the secrets of #resilience and #happiness: http://ht.ly/SC5k30gw...
by @oliversacks - yesterday
A slim, beautiful book that speaks volumes, on #Gratitude for a life well lived, from the late, grea...
by @oliversacks - 5 days ago
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#Oaxaca Journal. Thanks for your nice words about this lesser known gem by Oliver Sacks! http://ht.l...
In 1986 ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat’ became an opera @michaelnyman
Dr Sacks agreed tha...
by @oliversacks - 9 days ago
A New Oliver Sacks Book! and two live events - one month ago
Two weeks before his death in August 2015, Oliver Sacks outlined the contents of The River of Consciousness, the last book he would oversee in detail, and charged three of...
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Remembering Bob Silvers - 7 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 - 9 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 - 11 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 - one year 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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