Color photograph of Oliver Sacks with a white beard and glasses.

Oliver Sacks

(1933 - 2015)

Born in London in 1933 to parents who were both practicing doctors trained as neurologists, Oliver Sacks became a neurologist in 1965; one year later he joined the teaching staff of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He published his first book, Migraine, based on case studies, in 1970 and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat in 1985. Sacks was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2008. His books include The Mind’s Eye, Hallucinations, and On the Move.

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To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation.

—Oliver Sacks, 2012

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