Oliver Sacks (#25)
British neurologist, author, professor of medicine at NYU. 1933-2015
- •Get to know him if you don't already.Start with his most popular book.
- •Insightful and compassionate documenter of fascinating neurologic phenomenon.Cases from all over the world were referred to him.
- •Author of 14 (?) booksMost notably awakenings, which was made into a film with Robin Williams and Robert Deniro.
- •The periodic table was his first love.Friends gave him samples of elements corresponding to his age. He was given a vial of mercury for his 80th birthday and was delighted.
- •He wrote this book about it.
- •He had prosopagnosia (face blindness) and described it in this piece for the New Yorker.http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/30/face-blind/amp. 😉 @plaidflannel
- •As a child he became interested in stereoscopes, collecting images he could view through a stereoscope. He found binocular vision fascinating.Later in life through melanoma he lost the vision in one eye and described the effect that had on his function and perception.
- •This is just the tip of the Sacks iceberg.What a fascinating and amazing man.