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An evening with Oliver Sacks

Submitted by Marlys Schneider
Phone: (907) 474-6287

06/08/05

BP Visiting Professor Oliver Sacks will share his memories of growing up in London at a talk Thursday, June 16, at 8 p.m. Sacks will also take questions about his most recent book, Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood (2001). A book signing and reception will follow in the Great Hall. This talk is free and open to the public.

Sacks was born in 1933 in London, England, and earned a medical degree at Queen's College, Oxford. He then completed an internship in San Francisco and a residency in neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since 1965, he has lived in New York, where he is clinical professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, adjunct professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine and consulting neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Sacks is best known for his 1985 collection of neurological case histories, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and his book Awakenings, which was made into a film by the same name starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams.

This event is jointly sponsored by the sponsored by UA Foundation, the Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society and UAF Summer Sessions.