Aug 30, 2015

By Bob Sheppard

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Oliver Sacks has died from cancer at the age of 82.

The eminent neurologist and author passed away at his home in New York City after disclosing in a New York Times essay in February that an earlier melanoma in his eye had spread to his liver, and that he was in the late stages of terminal cancer.

The London-born academic was the author of several books about unusual medical conditions, including “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat,” and “The Island of the Colourblind.”

His book “Awakenings” was based on his work with patients treated with a drug that woke them up after being in a catatonic state for years.

The 1990 film version, starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Pcture.

Described as a figure of the arts as much as the sciences, Sacks counted among his friends WH Auden, Thom Gunn and Johnathan Miller.

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