3: Dexter Holland
You probably know Holland best as a Rock Star, leading [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]The Offspring[/lastfm] to five Top-Ten albums in their twenty year history. To this day, they continue to tour and release albums. They also set a record for the highest selling album from an independent label in 1994.
But if The Offspring had never taken off, he probably would be trying to cure cancer right now; Holland was on track to a doctorate in Molecular Biology at USC when the band had a huge hit album and changed the course of his career just a little teeny bit.
As it is, he left with a Master’s Degree and if this Rock Star thing ever stops working out for him, we supposed he could go back.
In case you think he’s an isolated example, rock music has a surprisingly large number of scientists: One of rock’s biggest bands, [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Queen[/lastfm], has Brian May (Doctorate in Astrophysics), John Deacon (Master’s in Electrical Engineering), and Roger Taylor (who was training to be a Dentist). Freddie Mercury even had a Bachelor‘s in Graphic Design, in case you were wondering.
They’re not alone: Greg Graffin of [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Bad Religion[/lastfm] (Ph.D, Zoology as well as degrees in Anthropology and Geology), Tom Scholz of [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Boston [/lastfm](who got a Master’s from MIT), and [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Art Garfunkel[/lastfm] (who went from an Art History Bachelor’s to a Master’s in Mathematics!) are just three more examples.
Oh, and Holland’s former band mate, James Lilja? He’s a Gynecologist.
Basically, it seems like if you want an Advanced Degree in Science, you should head out to the garage and start a rock band.