As students return to classrooms, TIME looks at an honor roll of rock stars who really made the grade

TOM SCHOLZ

Boston guitarist Tom Scholz performs live at Oakland Stadium on May 6, 1979

BEST KNOWN AS: founding member of the classic-rock group Boston; he played almost every instrument and wrote a great majority of their hits

THE INTEL: A standout student in high school, Scholz attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned both a B.S. and and M.S. in mechanical engineering. While employed as a product designer at Polaroid, he built an in-home recording studio in which he famously made a demo that would become Boston s first album  a record-breaking debut that sold a staggering 17 million copies.

BRAINIAC RATING, ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 11: 9

EXTRA CREDIT: Scholz has 34 patents to his name, including the Rockman, a now discontinued headphone amp that was favored by many touring musicians.


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