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bobjengr
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20 CELEBRITIES AND STEM
bobjengr   6/5/2014 3:27:20 PM
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This list blows me away.  I had no idea these celebrities had the credentials listed.  Good for them.  It proves you can be smart and entertaining also.  I would love to hear why they chose such difficult fields, investing the time and energy, then moving into other areas.  Wonder if it has anything to do with $$$$$$$$$.  Great post Rob.

armorris
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Backup plan
armorris   6/5/2014 1:55:04 PM
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I think most of them persued engineering careers because they needed a backup plan in case they didn't hit it big. I thnk that there a lot of actors out there doing menial jobs in order to survive between acting gigs. IMO, relatively few of them hit it big.

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Re: Some surprises
ChuckMahoney   6/5/2014 11:21:51 AM
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so they all bailed on STEM careers to make the big bucks. Yep, tough call - sit in a windowless cube living the Diblert life or make it big in Hollywood...

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Re: Another surprise: Jeff Foxworthy
richnass   6/5/2014 11:08:19 AM
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@Dan Schwartz: Was he funny in the classroom?

KenL
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Surprise from the past
KenL   6/5/2014 11:07:48 AM
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Apparently this list only includes living celebrities.  But if you wanted to extend it to those who previously lived, we need to remember the actress Hedy Lamarr. During WWII she invented the spread spectrum technique of frequency hopping. It was first used during the Cuban missile crisis.

http://www.women-inventors.com/Hedy-Lammar.asp

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hedy-lamarr-not-just-a-pr/

US Patent 2292387

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Some surprises
Rob Spiegel   6/5/2014 11:05:52 AM
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One thing I found interesting was the number of Gen-xers on the list. I would guess that reflects increased college graduation stats. The pool of potential celebs now includes a greater number of college grads. I imagine the number of Millennial celebs will include even more STEM grads.

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Another surprise: Jeff Foxworthy
DanSchwartz   6/5/2014 11:03:58 AM
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Jeff Foxworthy is another: He was my ICS 1700 lab T/A at Georgia Tech in fall 1978; and he received his Bachelor in Information & Computer Science in spring 1979. He was a software engineer at IBM for about 5 years, performing standup comedy at The Punch Line on Roswell Road in Atlanta, before hitting the big time.

richnass
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Re: Some surprises
richnass   6/5/2014 9:24:54 AM
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Great list. I can't wait to see who gets added. The two I was going to suggest were already there, Miyam and Tom Scholz. I had the pleasure of meeting both, and was awed by both.

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Re: Some surprises
Daniyal_Ali   6/5/2014 6:59:54 AM
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Thanks for the list Rob. I already knew about Rowan Atkinson and Mayim Bialik but the rest of the people in the list left me with amazement. Especially Lisa Kudrow, as i am a huge F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan and i have watched the episodes countless times, never knew Lisa was equally good in biology.
Though if Lisa had pursued her biology instead of acting, the TV show would have missed one hell of a comedian.

Hollywood here I come! ;)

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Some surprises
Elizabeth M   6/4/2014 6:21:55 AM
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Great list! I love reading about the secret lives of celebrities--especially when they are secretly geeks. ;) Actually, a lot of these folks weren't so surprising, because often when people excel in music or the arts they are also highly intelligent people. But the three that stood out for me were Mike Judge, Dolph Lundgren and Montel Williams. Not that people with low-brow humor, good looks and smarmy talk-show personas can't be highly intelligent and accomplished engineers--but these three definitely were not what I expected.



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