Oliver Sacks

1933 - 2015

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Oliver Wolf Sacks (9 July 1933 – 30 August 2015) was a British neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and writer. Born in London, Sacks received his medical degree in 1958 from The Queen's College, Oxford, before moving to the United States, where he spent most of his career. He interned at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco and completed his residency in neurology and neuropathology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oliver Sacks has received more than 4,103,735 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Oliver Sacks is the 709th most popular writer (down from 651st in 2019), the 539th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 523rd in 2019) and the 61st most popular British Writer.

Oliver sacks is most famous for his book the man who mistook his wife for a hat. The book is about various neurological disorders and how they affect the person's life.

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Notable Works

An anthropologist on Mars
Uncle Tungsten
The man who mistook his wife for a hat and other clinical tales


Among writers, Oliver Sacks ranks 709 out of 7,302Before him are Jack Vance, Maurice Denis, Max Jacob, Louise Hay, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, and Agathias. After him are Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, Ivan Krylov, Nonnus, Dalton Trumbo, Veronica Franco, and Alain-René Lesage.

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Among people born in 1933, Oliver Sacks ranks 43Before him are Antonio Negri, Gene Wilder, Richard R. Ernst, Mohammad-Ali Rajai, Samora Machel, and Steven Weinberg. After him are Jerzy Grotowski, David McCallum, Gian Maria Volonté, Richard Rogers, Joan Collins, and Charles K. Kao. Among people deceased in 2015, Oliver Sacks ranks 35Before him are Irwin Rose, Charles H. Townes, Zito, Eduardo Galeano, Maya Plisetskaya, and Manoel de Oliveira. After him are Douglass North, Boris Nemtsov, Yoichiro Nambu, Alcides Ghiggia, Wes Craven, and Yevgeny Primakov.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Oliver Sacks ranks 539 out of 8,785Before him are Tom Wilkinson (1948), Henry Every (1659), James Hutton (1726), Henry, Duke of Cornwall (1511), Donald Pleasence (1919), and Graham Hill (1929). After him are Gregory Bateson (1904), Roger Glover (1945), Gustav Holst (1874), Stanley Rous (1895), Bruce Dickinson (1958), and Thomas Bayes (1702).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Oliver Sacks ranks 61Before him are Muriel Spark (1918), Martin Amis (1949), Ernest Thompson Seton (1860), Ian McEwan (1948), Douglas Adams (1952), and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772). After him are Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090), Christopher Tolkien (1924), Beatrix Potter (1866), Walter Raleigh (1554), A. J. Cronin (1896), and Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809).