Several famous actors, politicians, athletes, and musicians have furthered their education by earning doctorates and Ph.D.s. Some of these celebrities earned Ph.D.s in the arts, while others pursued scientific degrees. One famous comedic actress has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. This list of famous people with Ph.D.s is loosely ranked by fame and popularity.
Who is the most famous person with a Ph.D.? Martin Luther King, Jr. tops our list. The civil rights activist earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955. His dissertation was entitled "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman."
"The Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. She wrote the book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way in 2012.Are you surprised that so many celebrities have earned Ph.D.s? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Professional boxer Vitali Klitschko has a Ph.D. in Sports Science from Kiev University. His doctoral thesis was about talent and sponsorship in sports.(Source)
- Age: 50
- Birthplace: Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan
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Temple Grandin earned a Doctoral Degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.(Source)
- Age: 74
- Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts
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Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955.
- Age: Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
- Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice earned a Ph.D. in political science from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.(Source)
- Age: 66
- Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, USA