Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

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Pan Macmillan, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 337 pages
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In Uncle Tungsten Sacks evokes, with warmth and wit, his upbringing in wartime England. He tells of the large science-steeped family who fostered his early fascination with chemistry. There follow his years at boarding school where, though unhappy, he developed the intellectual curiosity that would shape his later life. And we hear of his return to London, an emotionally bereft ten-year-old who found solace in his passion for learning. Uncle Tungsten radiates all the delight and wonder of a boy's adventures, and is an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young mind.

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Autobiography of his 'chemical childhood'. Fascinating stuff, but left me feeling slightly inadequate - why was I goofing off as a 10 year old when Sacks at that age was reading Curie's bio & replicating her chemistry? Read June 2006 Read full review

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User Review  - stevesmits - LibraryThing

I enjoy Oliver Sack's works. For one who is such an accomplished scientific figure in the medical world, his prose writing is so good. "Uncle Tungsten", published first in 2001, is his memoir of his ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of eleven books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film) and, most recently, The Mind's Eye. He lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the first, and only, Columbia University Artist, and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2008.

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