Oliver Sacks

Born: 07/09/1933 in North London, England, GB


Actor (8)

Indestructible 2008 (Movie)


Understanding 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)


At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Awakenings: The Real Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Oliver Sacks: The Mind Traveler 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


People in Motion 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


A Glorious Accident 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Writer (3)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

(from case study: "The Last Hippie") (Source Material)

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

("To See and Not See" in the book "An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales") (From Story)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))
Other (1)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

technical consultant (Consultant)


Billy Hayes Book as Source Material



St Paul's School

Queens College

1954 - 1958

Queen's College

1951 - 1954



Writes autobiography, On the Move


Writes about eye conditions, including his own ocular melanoma, in The Mind's Eye


Pens his first memoir, Uncle Tungsten


Earns a best-seller with The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a  Hat


Publishes first book, Migraine


Serves as neurological consultant at Beth Abraham Health Services in New York, which inspires Awakenings.

Bonus Trivia


The minor planet 84928 Oliversacks was named in his honor in 2003.


Suffers from severe shyness and prosopagosia, or "face blindness."


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat was the inspiration for an opera by composer Michael Nyman in 1986 and a play by Peter Brook in 1993.


The films "At First Sight" and "The Music Never Stopped" are based on essays from An Anthropologist on Mars.


The band Travis drew the title for their 1999 album The Man Who from The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.


Sacks dedicated the 1976 edition of Awakenings to poet W.H. Auden, who read the 1973 edition and declared it a "masterpiece."


Sacks recalled that in his adolescent years, his mother would occasionally bring home the bodies of malformed fetuses that she had delivered for Sacks to examine and dissect.


His extended family includes Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban and film director Jonathan Lynn, who are his first cousins.


While at UCLA, Sacks experimented with LSD and amphetamines, the latter of which he claimed to inspire him to chronicle his discoveries in books.