Celebrity scientists: Stars who love science

These stars were science geeks before they pursued careers in acting.

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    Natalie Portman

    The Harvard alum was a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search in 1998 and a co-author on a study published in the journal NeuroImage in 2002. "I don't care if [college] ruins my career," Portman has said. "I'd rather be smart than a movie star."
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    Dolph Lundgren

    Dolph Lundgren is known for his role as Russian boxer Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. But did you know the Swedish actor has is a genius with an IQ of 160 and a master's in chemical engineering.
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    Lisa Kudrow

    She may have played the stereotypical dumb blonde on "Friends," but Kudrow is no space cadet. The actress has a degree in biology from Vassar College.
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    James Franco

    Actor James Franco is a serial student. The "This Is the End" star attended NYU, Columbia University, Yale, UCLA and many others. At UCLA, his studies included Philosophy of Science.
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    Brian May

    Before he was a band geek, Queen guitarist Brian May was a science geek. He a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College London and is currently a visiting professor of the same subject there.
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    Donald Sutherland

    Sutherland was a double major studying engineering and drama at the Victoria College of the University of Toronto.
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    Ashton Kutcher

    Kutcher is more than just a pretty face. The actor gave up a biochemical engineering program at the University of Iowa to become an actor.
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    Mayim Bialik

    The "Blossom" star took a break from acting to study neuroscience at UCLA and it paid off. Her science background helped land her a role on the hit show "The Big Band Theory."
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    Rowan Atkinson

    Before he was Mr. Bean, Atkinson earned a degree in electrical engineering at The Queen's College in England.
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    Eva Longoria

    The former "Desperate Housewives" star studied human movement, or kinesiology, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 
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