Times apologises for saying Oliver Sacks was related to chief rabbi in obituary

Newspaper admits the two were not related

Oliver Sacks and Jonathan Sacks


It seems the Sacks appeal of its subject was too much for the Times, after it said in its obituary of neurologist Oliver Sacks that his ‘large extended family‘ included ‘the former chief rabbi, Lord Sacks’.

Today, the paper admitted there was no familial connection between the scientist and author, who died on Saturday, and the former chief rabbi of Britain:

“We incorrectly referred to the former chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, as being part of the extended family of Oliver Sacks (Obituary, Aug 31). The two were not related.

Times correction September 2, Sacks

One wonders on what the Times’s erroneous assertion was based. Surely not the mere fact that both men were English Jews named Sacks…?

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2 Responses to “Times apologises for saying Oliver Sacks was related to chief rabbi in obituary”

  1. Selohesra

    The Times apologises for mistake – well good for them we all make mistakes (apart from my wife who is always right). If only Ed had apologized for Labour’s illegal wars and economic mismanagement they might be more trusted now

  2. Cole

    Ed did apogise for Iraq. On the economy, he didn’t apologise because there was nothing to apologise for.

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