Oliver Sacks: a life in pictures

05 May 2015

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’. Oliver Sacks's 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 our favourite photographs from the book, beginning with his student days at Oxford and going all the way through his phenomenal career as a neurologist and writer.

Oliver Sacks at Oxford ca 1953

Oliver Sacks at Oxford ca 1953 (c) David Drazin

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

Oliver Sacks in neuropathology lab
In the neuropathology lab in 1964 (c) Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks at Beth Abraham hospital around 1988
Sacks with a patient at Beth Abraham Hospital around 1988 (c) Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks writing in his journal at Machu Picchu in 2006
Writing in his journal at the top of Machu Picchu in 2006 (c) Kate Edgar

Emerging from Lake Tahoe (c) Marsha Garces Williams

Oliver Sacks writing at Blue Mountain Center 2010
Writing at Blue Mountain Center in 2010 (c) Bill Hayes

On the Move

On the Move

From his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s and his later work as 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.  

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The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness

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.

Out in Hardback and as an Ebook on 19th October.  

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