June 17, 2008
Columbia Professor Receives Order of the British Empire
The Queen of England has named Columbia Professor Oliver Sacks a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to medicine. The Queen included Sacks on her Birthday Honours List published June 14.
Sacks, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia University's first Columbia Artist, is a physician best known for his books about adapting to neurological conditions ranging from Parkinson's disease to Alzheimer's to aphasia, strokes and Tourette's syndrome. Several of his ten books, including Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain have been New York Times bestsellers. Awakenings has inspired both a Hollywood film, starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, and a play by Harold Pinter.
Sacks is frequently published in medical literature as well as the New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. His work has inspired generations of medical students and the general public alike, and has been translated into dozens of languages worldwide.