It is not just the fascination with Dr. Sacks' work, or the invaluable use of his texts in my classes, but the humanistic roundedness, authenticity, and warmth of his being that should be a beacon in the ever dehumanizing world of today.
Oh Oliver Sacks - I have had my head down so diligently at the beginning of this semester that I did not know until yesterday that you had passed over from this life.
You had become a constant presence in my life, I first read "The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat" as an undergraduate; your books and stories and later on even your voice ( magnets in your pockets!) became embedded in my consciousness, your delight in the world became one that a shared over and over again with my own students.
Many thanks for a life well lived, a game well played.
I'm sad to think that I only found this page after his death. I have read a couple of his essays and listened to him numerous times on the radio and always been moved by his empathy for others and his gift for story telling. He was clearly a person who loved science, but also loved people. May more of us take after him.
Inspired by you professionally and personally, I'm reminded of what it means to be kind, humble, compassionate, curious, fascinated, and fascinating. Goodbye good doctor, quiet hero of the oft-forgotten.
Loved the article My Periodic Table! Read parts at a local berievement meeting referring to Bismuth being element 83. Quoting, " I almost certainly will not see my polonium (84) birthday. I'm beyond sad yet greatful for the New York Times Sunday, July 26, 2015, for running such an enlightening story. I'll hold you to the light, dear Dr. Sacks.
Doctor Sacks, Your contributions to the field of human experience awakened in me a fascination with the human mind and it's hidden potential. For that, I am forever grateful.
Dr. Sacks, you moved mountains here on earth.
rest in peace . . .
It is a sad day to hear of Oliver Sacks` passing.
From reading his books, I found him an intelligent and generous man; someone who brought the sciences and the arts closer together; and taught us about the greatest mystery of all, the mind in all its complexities.
We should all be grateful for his life and work.
I cried the day I learned that Oliver Sacks was dying & I am crying now as I learn of his passing.
Dr Sacks, thank you for your passion, your enthusiasm & your boundless curiosity. Thank you also for the humanity you brought to your recording & reporting of the conditions you explored. Your death is a true loss.
Condolences & love to his family & beloved friends who, whilst they are mourning, are no doubt also celebrating having had him in their lives. xxoo
Dear Dr. Sacks,
I have followed you since I was a very young nurse.Who helped me then and now understand my patients..I am only sorry I had not met you but you were and will be there forever.You will be missed by me and the world. Rest in peace, kind soul.
I first heard Dr. Sacks on Radio Lab about 10 years ago and was instantly drawn to the empathy and humor that emanated from his voice and his word. I have been enamored with the man and his writing from that time until now. My condolences to his loved ones. In grieving we know we have loved... Thank you, Dr. Sacks, for sharing yourself with us all. Peace be with you as you travel the universe.
I feel as though I have lost a close friend, or a family member. I had been meaning to write a letter to Dr. Sacks to express how much his writings have meant to me, but sadly, it's too late for that now.
I would be hard pressed to choose one book or New Yorker article that moved me more than the others. I remember his essay in the New Yorker about prosopagnosia - again, I never got around to writing to him that I have the opposite: I never forget a face, even if it's that of a waitress I encountered briefly 8 years ago. But I never remember a name. Just another example of how Dr. Sacks revealed more layers of neurobiology to us all.
I'm so glad he had a chance to write "On The Move". I felt as though he was sitting in the room with me, chatting. Then again, all of his books were like that.
I count myself as very fortunate to have attended an informal lunchtime seminar that he gave at UCLA sometime in the mid-eighties. He came across with all the warmth, empathy, and even impishness one would expect.
My sincerest sympathies go to Billy and Kate. I know that you both realize how lucky you are to have been a part of his heart.
Dr. Sacks was among our greatest scientists and foremost public intellectuals. A new Renaissance man, he bequeathed to us both important findings and pellucide prose. When he revealed, in a New Yorker article, that in his youth he had been an episodic druggie, this made him seem even more human and accessible. Our loss is inexpressible.
Let me start by saying I'm so sorry Dr. Sacks and his partner didn't have more time to share together. Also, I would've liked to have been his friend, given the chance. I wish I could've met him or listened to one of his lectures in person, at the very least. What I would've preferred is having him over for dinner to talk books and ideas - either his own, or one of his choice. Obviously his partner could come too. I'm a thinker, and a questioner, and that drives some people in my life crazy, but if I don't allow my mind to explore, I'd go crazy. Dr. Sacks made me think, and that is his gift to me.
Oliver Sacks said it best, “When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate—the genetic and neural fate—of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.”
Though I did not know Oliver Sacks personally, I feel that I did. I have felt sadness and a lingering melancholy since his death, yet a huge appreciating that at least I knew him. I have been playing Bach…he'd like that. RIP
Oliver Sacks was a great doctor and he helped mankind very much, with his studies and therapeutical interventions. It is a pity that now we have to live without him.
I am so infinitely sorry.
RIP, Dr. Sacks. We will miss you always.
There are so many things-of wonder, of respect, of incredulousness, and all emotions in between, that one thinks of when speaking of Dr. Sacks. Rather than go on and on, I would like to thank him, for his care, his honest, deep-seated respect and concern for his patients, and for allowing us to glimpse his day to day work.
Thank you for inspiring me to pursue a position working in mental health; as it is through your books, your excitement and your showing us the inner most corners of our minds has led many of us on our own paths through the mind. Rest well, Dr. Sacks...you have earned this peace.
Our thanks and respect.
Oh, the power of stories. I so relished opportunities to share case studies from Dr. Sacks's books with my students in introductory psychology. It blew their minds! And sharing those stories never failed to deepen in me an appreciation for the mystery and staggering capacity of the human brain and mind. His stories of music gone wrong in the brain had a hold on me too - they highlighted my love of music and its performance (Bach may be favorite, too) and how I take this precious gift for granted.
I didn't know Dr. Sacks personally, yet I feel a personal loss. Who will tell me stories now? I'm so glad to see Dr. Sacks established a foundation to keep alive this valuable tradition. I can't help but think that we are a better, wiser, gentler people for hearing and telling our lives in stories.
Dr. Sacks left a mark in our time and for times to come. May warm memories of him sustain us all - but especially his partner, family, and many friends - during the days and years to come.
Dr. Sacks was such a great man and physician who bought such humility and humanity to the fledgling studies of understanding the human brain. We will always be grateful.