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  - Phoebe - Goodreads

Oliver Sacks (I guess the family were likely Sachs once...) is the only man I know of who I wish had a bigger ego. This book purports to be an autobiography, but there is barely a chapter about Oliver ... 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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