Terrence Howard Isn’t A Doctor, He Just Plays One On TV
Apr12

Terrence Howard Isn’t A Doctor, He Just Plays One On TV

Growing up, most boys dream of one day becoming a chemical engineer and enjoying the endless parade of fans, money, and women that comes with it. Terrence Howard wasn't so lucky. He had to settle for Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor instead. But don't feel too sorry for Howard because as he mentioned during a Feb. 26 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" he actually holds a Ph.D. in applied materials and chemical engineering from South Carolina State University! Howard turned the lemons of being left out of "Iron Man 2" into the lemonade of earning a doctorate? It all sounds very impressive. The problem? It's a lie. Howard was never enrolled as a doctoral student at SC State University because SC State University doesn't offer graduate degrees in applied materials or chemical engineering, as a visit to the school's website confirms. Howard did receive a doctor of humane letters from the school after speaking at its 2012 spring commencement, explains Antia Dawkins, SC State University public relations specialist, but "he didn't graduate from SC State University. He just received an honorary degree." According to Dawkins, SC State University has "actually received quite a few inquiries pertaining to this information." One of those inquiries came from former University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, lecturer Marina Miletic. "This may seem like a trivial story, but I feel it's important to address this situation of a celebrity impersonating a Ph.D. and a chemical engineer," says Miletic, who is a Ph.D. and a chemical engineer who currently works as a freelance lecturer and consultant. "He is somewhat trivializing chemical engineering by claiming he earned this degree in between working on movies." Miletic's suspicions were triggered when she heard Howard discuss his diamond-growing business venture with Kimmel, which can be seen in the video above. "Howard committed some serious technical gaffes by repeatedly claiming that diamonds will replace silicone in computer chips to better 'handle heat dispensation,' " she says. "In fact, he should have said silicon and heat dissipation."  Miletic went so far in her fact-checking that she actually contacted Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, where, according to information Howard shared in a 2007 interview, he attended undergraduate chemical engineering classes but did not graduate. Miletic's inquiry confirmed this fact, leading her to further question how Howard could have earned a Ph.D. without first receiving a bachelor's degree. "Clearly his statements were not completely lining up," she says. Obviously, celebrities using late-night talk shows as a forum for promoting a vanity project is nothing new. But, with his latest claim, Howard may have just taken that tradition to a whole new...

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Ivan Drago Was … A Chemical Engineer?
Jul08

Ivan Drago Was … A Chemical Engineer?

That’s right. You heard me. The strapping young fellow who played Ivan Drago, the Russian killing machine, in “Rocky IV” was a chemical engineer before he took up acting. Who knew? Well, maybe you already knew that actor Dolph (Hans) Lundgren was smart, but I sure didn’t. Newscripts reader and ACS employee Pamela J. Zaebst of Columbus, Ohio, recently sent in a link to a list of “10 Highly Educated Celebrities” on UPI.com, and Lundgren is on there. He supposedly has an IQ of 160, securing him a position in the Newscripts chemistry-minded celebrity Hall of Fame with actress Natalie Portman. Lundgren, according to his official website, was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied chemical engineering, following in his father’s footsteps, at the Royal Institute of Technology in his home city. After graduation, he headed to the University of Sydney, in Australia, to earn a master’s degree in chemical engineering. And from there, he just couldn’t be stopped (I said he was a killing machine). He actually got a Fulbright scholarship to attend MIT. But, as his website says, “the academic world could not make him fully satisfied.” In other words, he met a woman and changed his life plans. But not just any woman: Grace Jones, the singer and actress known for her role in “Conan the Destroyer.” Again, according to his website, “the blonde Swede and the dark beauty fell in love.” Instead of heading to Boston to wear pocket protectors and sail the Charles River, he went to New York City with Jones. The rest, as they say, is history. Lundgren studied drama and became an actor, giving us Ivan "I must break you" Drago—a villain who will live on forever. Interestingly, one other celebrity on UPI.com’s list was a chemical engineer: Cindy Crawford. But as Zaebst points out, the supermodel dropped out of Northwestern University, where she was on full scholarship. “I don’t exactly understand how Crawford is rated as ‘highly educated’ since she dropped out,” Zaebst says. But maybe the scholarship counts. Other fun Dolph Lundgren reading, courtesy of The Onion: "Dolph Lundgren Wins Long, Courageous Battle Against...

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