Oliver Sacks is the author of fourteen books, including Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Musicophilia. The New York Times has referred to him as "the poet laureate of medicine." A professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine until his death on August 30, 2015, he was a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. His work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
His work has inspired many adaptations, including the Oscar-nominated film of Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, a play by Harold Pinter, and several works by Peter Brook.
His autobiography, On the Move, was published April 28, 2015.