You can learn something new every day. Today, I learned that there are a surprising amount of rock stars that are also pretty legitimate scientists. If you're plugging through a science degree and aren't sure what you want to do after graduation . . . don't rule out rock star!
Brian May, guitarist for a band you may have heard of called Queen, has a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Yes. Astrophysics. He completed a dissertation called "A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud."
Greg Graddin, lead singer of Bad Religion, double majored in geology and anthropology at UCLA and got a master's in geology from there, too. He then went on to get a Ph.D. in zoology from Cornell. Ever heard of it? He's also a teacher at UCLA. Can you imagine having the lead singer of Bad Religion as your Life Science teacher?
Milo Aukerman, lead singer of The Descendents (I LOVE THEM), has a doctorate in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin Madison. He still alternates working with the band with his academic research. That is what I call BOSS.
Tom Scholz, founder of the band Boston, has a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. His combined love of music and engineering led to his invention of the Rockman guitar amplifier.
Art Garfunkel of Simon & Garfunkel got a master's degree in Mathematics. When Simon & Garfunkel was at the height of popularity, he was working towards a doctorate in mathematics education at Columbia, but dropped out when it became too much.
And Dexter Holland, lead singer of The Offspring, was valedictorian of his high school class and was a Ph.D. candidate in molecular biology before he gave it up to focus on the band. Yep, the guy who sang "Why Don't You Get a Job" is an almost-Ph.D.
Thanks to io9
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