BEST KNOWN AS: the lead singer, principal songwriter and sole original member of the SoCal punk-rock band Bad Religion
THE INTEL: A few years after forming his band at the age of 15, Graffin was accepted into UCLA (with what we’re guessing was one heck of a college-application essay). In the course of earning a B.S. in zoology and an M.S. in paleontology, Graffin did field research in Mexico and the Amazon Basin. In 2003, he was awarded a Ph.D. from Cornell, where he is currently teaching classes in evolution. And yes, Graffin is still making music: a new Bad Religion album is now in the mixing stage.
BRAINIAC RATING, ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 11: 10
EXTRA CREDIT: Graffin has an extinct bird — Qiliania graffini — named after him.
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