Carl Djerassi
1933-2015

Bassam and Oliver
Photo credit: Hailey Wojcik
March 8, 2011

Volume 5 of the Chemical Demonstrations book series was co-dedicated
to Oliver Sacks.

The dedication reads:

To Oliver Sacks, 
a chemist at heart,
for making me aware 
of the complexity of memory, emotions, 
and the brain,
and helping me to 
understand myself
and to explain 
our beautiful chemical world.

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri


Photo Gallery News Items
 

The Talk of the Town: Postscript
The New Yorker
September 14, 2015

Uncle Tungsten's nephew
Chemistry World
September 8, 2015

A Friend Has Left Us
Chemical & Engineering News
September 7, 2015

New York Times Obituary
August 30, 2015

Oliver Sacks dies in New York aged 82
BBC News
August 30, 2015

On the Occasion of His 80th Birthday

Mercury Beating Heart: Oliver Sacks 80th Birthday Video


 

  Photo Gallery  

Oliver Sacks
Photo credit: Bassam Shakhashiri
Taken on November 11, 2006, at Oliver's home.


Bassam and Oliver
Photo credit: Hailey Wojcik
March 8, 2011


Hoffmann Booklet
Booklet for the Roald Hoffmann Symposium at which Oliver was a speaker.

Speaker list
List of speakers for the Roald Hoffmann Symposium

Sacks page
Detail of Oliver's talk at the Roald Hoffmann Symposium
Oliver Speaking
Oliver speaking at the Roald Hoffmann Symposium
Photo credit: Robert Lichter
Oliver speaking
Oliver speaking at the Roald Hoffmann Symposium
Photo credit: Robert Lichter


Oliver speaking
Oliver speaking at the Roald Hoffmann Symposium
Photo credit: Robert Lichter


Speakers
Symposium speakers gathered with Roald.
Photo credit: Robert Lichter
Speakers dinner
Symposium speakers at dinner with Roald.

In 2004, Bassam organized a Science, Arts and
the Humanities symposium at the ACS fall national
meeting in Philadelphia. Dava Sobel, who was
scheduled to speak, had travel difficulties and
couldn't make it. Oliver accepted Bassam's last-second invite to speak. The night before the scheduled
symposium, he sketched out his remarks on
a piece of paper during a converstion with
Bassam, who saved it. It is displayed below:
ACS Philadelphia
Symposium at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Philadelphia
Sunday, August 22, 2004

Sketch

Detail of Oliver's sketch
Sketch

Oliver's entire sketch

  News Items  
 

Oliver Sacks, Casting Light on the Interconnectedness of Life, The New York Times
August 30, 2015


Oliver Sacks: Sabbath, The New York Times
August 14, 2015


Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table, The New York Times
July 24, 2015


A General Feeling of Disorder, The New York Review of Books
April 23, 2015


My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer, The New York Times
February 19, 2015


The Joy of Chemistry, Chemical & Engineering News
July 8, 2013


The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.), The New York Times
July 6, 2013


Wednesday, April 17 - Sunday, April 21, 2013
Live Ideas: The Worlds of Oliver Sacks

View Bassam's PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

View Bassam's video shown at the presentation


Hallucinations with Oliver Sacks, World Science Festival (video)
July 1, 2009
"Awakenings" author speaks at convocation, The Badger Herald
September 5, 2001
News in Brief On Campus: Oliver Sacks: House calls at the edge of the mind, UW News
August 28, 2001

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