Doctors Who Rock: 9 Musicians With Their Ph.Ds

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Alice Cooper at Verizon Wireless Theater, October 2009
Alice Cooper recently received an Honorary Doctorate from The Musician's Institute in Los Angeles. After receiving the award, he said, "One more of these and I can write prescriptions."

Now you know that Alice Cooper could one day write you a prescription... to rock. You're welcome. Out of sheer curiousity, here are a few musicians who have pursued their doctorates.

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Brian May (Queen): The Queen guitarist Brian May, who was named the 39th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, also happens to be great at astrophysics. He graduated with an honors degree in physics and mathematics from the Imperial College of London and went on to complete a Ph.D. in astrophysics.

David Macklovitch (Chromeo): Known as Dave 1 of electro-funk group Chromeo, David Macklovitch is currently earning his doctorate in French literature at Columbia University.

Mira Aroyo (Ladytron): The Bulgarian-born Mira Aroyo is the keyboardist, singer and songwriter for Ladytron and a research scientist. She received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Oxford University.

Greg Graffin (Bad Religion): Lead singer of Bad Religion Greg Gaffin received his Ph.D. in zoology at Cornell University. He currently teaches Life Science 1 and a paleontology class at UCLA.

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Neil Peart from Rush has a PHD and it's not honorary.

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I agree, 2112, honrary degrees are punk but Neil Peart had a PH.D?  In what?  From where? I thought he dropped out of high school.  Please elucidate.

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