Oliver Sack’s glowing resume speaks for itself, not that he needs it to stand out: best-selling author, physician, professor of neurology at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, professor at the United Kingdom’s University of Warwick and a member of the clinical faculty of Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
At the ripe age of 80, this British-American who was born with a natural propensity for science, still feels like his life is about to begin. Born 9 July 1933, his life-long study and reactions of chemical elements has been intertwined with his happiness.
Having written several well-recognized books including Awakenings which was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. He also authored Musicophilia, The Mind's Eye, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. His other credit include medical case studies of neurological disorders.
Sack reminisces upon his life with warm fondness and still has no plans of slowing down. If anything he has speed up. For example, he released Hallucinations (2012), an explanation of the inner workings of hallucinations, what they suggest about the brain’s workings, and their influence on art and culture.
Unquestionably, he is a modern day folk hero whose journey – still vibrant – touches the lives of many whether they know it or not.