Oliver Sacks was a neurologist who spent his life studying the brain, which mesmerized him. He was a prolific writer and best known for his case histories like his 1985 collection The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Sacks' writing was featured in a variety of different media. His books often focused on his patients, and chronicled how they coped with the different conditions they had. These narratives highlighted and exposed how the brain functions and brought insight and clarity to many who wondered how the brain worked. His book Awakenings was made into a film starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro, and was nominated for an Academy Award.