Oliver Sacks

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Date of Birth July 9, 1933
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Aug 30, 2015 (82)
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Oliver Sacks

Oliver Wolf Sacks, was a British neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author. Born in Britain, and mostly educated there, he spent his career in the United States. He believed that the brain is the "most incredible thing in the universe." He became widely known for writing best-selling case histories about both his patients' and his own disorders and unusual experiences, with some of his books adapted for plays by major playwrights, feature films, animated short films, opera, dance, fine art, and musical works in the classical genre. After Sacks received his medical degree from The Queen's College, Oxford in 1960, he interned at Middlesex Hospital before moving to the US. He then interned at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco and completed his residency in neurology and neuropathology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Born: Oliver Wolf Sacks, July 09, 1933, Cricklewood, London, England
Died: August 30, 2015, Manhattan, New York City, US
Nationality: British
Education: The Queen's College, Oxford
Known for: A series of non-fictional books on particularly interesting cases among his psychiatric and neurological patients
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About Oliver Sacks

Author and neurologist whose bestselling popular science books include Musicophilia, An Anthropologist on Mars, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

Before Fame

He earned his medical degree from Oxford University and later opened a neurology practice in New York City.


He taught neurology and psychiatry at the New York University and Columbia University Medical Centers.

Family Life

He was born to Jewish parents in London, England. A shy man afflicted with prosopagnosia -- a neurological inability to recognize faces -- he remained a bachelor for many years.


His popular book Awakenings became the basis for an award-winning 1990 film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.

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