The London-born, American-based author and neurologist Oliver Sacks has died, aged 82. It was known that Sacks had cancer, a melanoma in his eye had spread to his liver. Earlier this year Sacks wrote about how it was a matter of “months” – and in what was presumably a race against the clock he earlier published his memoir, On The Move: A Life.
A brilliant mind, Sacks wrote passionately and with grace about his medical and scientific studies, his love of music, his own drug experiments, his life.
Essential reading includes, of course Awakenings, known also for the movie starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro (the book had also first inspired a play) and the literary-career making The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.
His was a fascinating mind. He will be missed. Tributes are flowing already, naturally. Here’s one that captures the salient career and life points.
R.I.P. Oliver Sacks