Oliver Sacks: a life in pictures

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.

04/05/2015
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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, which was published before his death in 2015, makes it abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. Here are some of the many photos from the book.

Oliver Sacks at Oxford ca 1953 (c) David Drazin

Oliver Sacks at Oxford ca 1953

Oliver Sacks With his motorbike in 1956 (c) Charles Cohen

With his motorbike in 1956

In the neuropathology lab in 1964

In the neuropathy lab

Oliver Sacks at Beth Abraham hospital around 1988

At Beth Abraham hospital around 1988

Oliver Sacks at the top of Machu Picchu

Writing in his journal at the top of Machu Picchu in 2006

Oliver Sacks snorkelling at Lake Tahoe

Emerging from Lake Tahoe

Writing at Blue Mountain Center in 2010

Writing at Blue Mountain Center in 2010

On the Move

by Oliver Sacks

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From his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s and his later work as a writer, On the Move is the story of Oliver Sacks's extraordinary life. A brilliantly unconventional physician and writer - he was the man who illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.  

The River of Consciousness

by Oliver Sacks

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Two weeks before his death, Oliver Sacks outlined the contents of The River of Consciousness, the last book he would oversee. 

In The River of Consciousness, Dr. Sacks takes on evolution, botany, chemistry, medicine, neuroscience, and the arts, and calls upon his great scientific and creative heroes—above all, Darwin, Freud, and William James. For Sacks, these thinkers were constant companions from an early age; the questions they explored—the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity, and the nature of consciousness—lie at the heart of science and of this book.