20 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Have Ph.D.s

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Getting a Ph.D. – a Doctor of Philosophy college degree – is not easy, and it’s even less easy when you’re carving out a career in the entertainment or sporting world at the same time. Yet somehow these 20 celebrities found the time to not only hone great talents, but to also rise to the top of their academic fields.

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20. Brian May

Believe it or not, but Queen’s guitarist has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Imperial College London. In fact, Brian May is almost as accomplished a scientist as he is a musician, as he’s worked with NASA and co-written books on the history of the universe. He even has an asteroid named in his honor: the (52665) Brianmay, which was discovered in 1998.

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19. Dexter Holland

Offspring frontman Dexter Holland may have spent a good part of his life on the frontlines of rock ’n’ roll, but he’s still found the time to squeeze in a rather academic passion. Specifically, in 2017 he graduated with a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California. And while there, he put his smarts to good use by researching the genome of HIV.

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