Tom Morello was in a college rock band with the 2022 Nobel Chemistry laureate – and they were good

Tom Morello congratulated the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, Dr. Carolyn R Bertozzi, and revealed that Dr. Bertozzi was a former teammate of her back during their college years at Harvard University.

It’s funny how things go. In the mid-80s, when Morello was in social studies and Dr. Bertozzi was a chemistry student, they both played in a band called Bored Of Education.

Now Tom Morello is part of the rock guitar pantheon as chief riffer of Rage Against The Machine, and Dr Bertozzi is one of the world’s most eminent chemists, having just shared the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with his colleagues Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless for “the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry”.

Offering his congratulations on Instagram, Morello said not only were they in a band together, heck, they could play. A band name with strong Iggy Pop energy, “I’m bored / I’m the Chairman of the bored”, Bored Of Education had no shortage of musical or material chemistry, winning the Ivy League Battle of the Bands in 1986 , with Dr. Bertozzi on electronic keyboards, and Morello on spandex and electric guitar.

We have no way of knowing if the field was strong, but there is no shortage of popular music Ivy League graduates.

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo studied at Harvard, dropped out to play music, came back again and graduated with honors in English, and alongside Barack Obama and David Duchovny is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society – the most Former Academic Honor Society of America.

Both Art Garfunkel and Alicia Keys attended Columbia. Huey Lewis studied engineering at Cornell, then dropped out in 1969 and the rest is history.

At the time, Cornell fraternity bands must have been pretty good. Lewis shared the Cornell campus with the four original members of King Harvest, most famous for their 1972 hit Dancing In The Moonlight. Most recently, Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin completed his doctorate in zoology at Cornell.

We eagerly await an announcement confirming that Dr. Bertozzi will be taking some time off from his role as a professor at Stanford University to play guest keyboards on a future RATM album or, better yet, if it’s time to reunite Bored. Of Education.

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