Oliver Sacks has Died

Oliver SacksSource: The New York Times, August 30

With Oliver Sacks, “Science Became Poetry.”

Whether writing about his patients, his love of chemistry or the power of music, Dr. Sacks leapfrogged among disciplines, shedding light on connections between science and art.


3 responses to “Oliver Sacks has Died

  1. A remarkable and exceptionally human human being, obsessed with the periodic table, delighting in flora and fauna, master story-teller, passionate advocate for people whose brains distort reality, a body builder and motorcycle aficionado, a sometimes impulsive and oblivious risk taker, an unrelenting sharp observer of physical reality, yet often unable to recognize the faces of people he knew well, a man of deep often troubled feelings and great humour.

    Oliver Sacks directed our attention to the anomalous wonders of the human brain and body. His autobiography (On the Move) written just before he found out that he had the cancer that would kill him, is a wonderful, revealing, inspiring, self-exposing read.

    Here’s one of his last essays, published in the NY Times in mid-August:

  2. Michael Gundy

    Three decades ago, Shauna and I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Sacks. We later enjoyed a brief correspondence, he replying thoughtfully on a clunky old manual typewriter. He had that capacity to listen and focus while bringing his considerable intellect to bear. A wise, complex and truly compassionate individual.