Oliver Sacks

1933 - 2015

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Oliver Wolf Sacks, (9 July 1933 – 30 August 2015) was a neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author. Born in Britain, and mostly educated there, he spent his career in the United States. He believed that the brain is the "most incredible thing in the universe". He became widely known for writing best-selling case histories about both his patients' and his own disorders and unusual experiences, with some of his books adapted for plays by major playwrights, feature films, animated short films, opera, dance, fine art, and musical works in the classical genre.After Sacks received his medical degree from The Queen's College, Oxford in 1960, he interned at Middlesex Hospital (now part of University College, London) before moving to the US. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oliver Sacks has received more than 2,737,567 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Oliver Sacks is the 584th most popular writer (down from 580th in 2019), the 442nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 427th in 2019) and the 59th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Oliver Sacks ranks 584 out of 5,794. Before him are Adam de la Halle, Walter Raleigh, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Walther von der Vogelweide, Edward Bernays, and Thomas Hardy. After him are Denis of Portugal, Eugene O'Neill, Aulus Gellius, Demetrius Vikelas, Alexander Herzen, and Vuk Karadžić.

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Among people born in 1933, Oliver Sacks ranks 26Before him are Francisco Gento, Susan Sontag, Arno Allan Penzias, Elinor Ostrom, Costa-Gavras, and Corazon Aquino. After him are Richard Rogers, Bernardo Provenzano, Gene Wilder, Paul Biya, Álvaro Siza Vieira, and John Barry. Among people deceased in 2015, Oliver Sacks ranks 25Before him are Kim Young-sam, Maya Plisetskaya, Kenan Evren, Ulrich Beck, Otto Carius, and Richard von Weizsäcker. After him are Laura Antonelli, Manoel de Oliveira, Nicholas Winton, James Last, Colleen McCullough, and Eduardo Galeano.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Oliver Sacks ranks 442 out of 6,924. Before him are James IV of Scotland (1473), Thomas Hardy (1840), Edgar the Peaceful (943), Erasmus Darwin (1731), Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), and Sid Vicious (1957). After him are William Adams (1564), David Beckham (1975), Gary Moore (1952), Edward the Martyr (962), Charlie Watts (1941), and Henry Every (1659).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Oliver Sacks ranks 59Before him are Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849), Samuel Butler (1835), William McMaster Murdoch (1873), Walter Raleigh (1554), and Thomas Hardy (1840). After him are Anthony Burgess (1917), John le Carré (1931), Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090), Jerome K. Jerome (1859), Christopher Tolkien (1924), and Ben Jonson (1572).

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