Oliver Sacks


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in London, The United Kingdom
July 09, 1933

Died
August 30, 2015

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Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE, was a British neurologist residing in the United States, who has written popular books about his patients, the most famous of which is Awakenings, which was adapted into a film of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

Sacks was the youngest of four children born to a prosperous North London Jewish couple: Sam, a physician, and Elsie, a surgeon. When he was six years old, he and his brother were evacuated from London to escape The Blitz, retreating to a boarding school in the Midlands, where he remained until 1943. During his youth, he was a keen amateur chemist, as recalled in his memoir Uncle Tungsten. He also learned to share his parents' enthusiasm for medicine and entered The Queen's College, O
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Oliver loved to celebrate his birthday, July 9. He would start the day with a swim, and then we would round up the usual suspects and throw a party with lots of smoked fish and bagels.


He often thought of numbers as their corresponding chemical elements (see “My Periodic Table,” in his book Gratitude), and in the photo here, he celebrates his 80th birthday by wearing a mercury t-shirt.




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“Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.”
Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: La musique, le cerveau et nous

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears - it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more - it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”
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“My religion is nature. That’s what arouses those feelings of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.”
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