Metallica’s James Hetfield Celebrates a PhD in Astrophysics

Dr. James Hetfield spent 12 years secretly studying astrophysics at CalTech.
Dr. James Hetfield spent 12 years secretly studying astrophysics at CalTech.

Belvedere, CA — Heavy metal guitarist and Metallica lead singer James Hetfield announced on his personal Facebook page that he had just finished defending his Ph.D. dissertation at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (CalTech), CA.  Mr. Hetfield, or Dr. Hetfield as he prefers now, had been secretly attending the esteemed university off and on for the last 12 years, often taking courses via correspondence.

“I like playing music because it’s a good living and I get satisfaction from it. But I can’t feed my family with satisfaction,” noted Dr. Hetfield in a Gish Gallop telephone interview following the announcement. “So I figured if Brian May could do it, so could I. Which is why I did this other gig. Turns out, I was pretty good at it.”

According to the CalTech dissertation roster, Dr. Hetfield expanded on Dr. Misty Benz’s 2007 seminal work on black holes entitled Black Hole Scaling Relationships: New Results from Reverberation Imaging. Hetfield’s work focused on improving the light refactoring and the effects of gravity on the Hubble telescope. His work helped with a major breakthrough in our understanding of not only black holes, but distant quasars as well.

“So that’s the thing,” continued Dr. Hetfield. “I analyzed micro-lensing in gravitationally lensed quasars to yield measurements of the structure of their continuum emission regions. I first described our lensed quasar monitoring program and RETROCAM, the auxiliary port camera I built for the 2.4m Hiltner telescope to monitor lensed quasars. I know it seems obvious, but the math wasn’t playing out quite right.”

Fellow CalTech astrophysicist Dr. Tral Aldrich was not only ecstatic about Hetfield’s discovery but was also “thrilled beyond belief” to work with the iconic musician.

“OK,” said Dr. Aldrich in a Gish Gallop telephone interview. “I can’t take credit for James’s discovery, but I did work out some of his equations. And they’re genius. They really are. And I have to tell you, working with him was the thrill of a lifetime. He’s surprisingly down to Earth and incredibly cool.”

As for his music career, Dr. Hetfield has no plans on giving that up anytime soon.

“Why can’t I do both, you know?” questioned a pleased Dr. Hetfield. “We have a lot of downtime on the road and I can work on my equations there. Besides,” he continued chuckling, “I’m making the rest of the band call me ‘The Doctor’ from now on. Lars hates that shit.”

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i see this site in the onion’s jv team.not nearly as funny.

BM Getz Gulz
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HELL YEAH!!! talent and brains man! that’s not a lot to see specially when you’re in the lime light, to pursue education

Joseph Hatmaker
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Joseph Hatmaker

I knew it was a farce from the get go. James Hetfield could not obtain the sub mass of an
-neutrino field, let alone write a complex algorithm (for reverberation) (in space !!!! non the less) that worked in place to measure things in the sky that to my knowledge cant be measured that way. If they said Hawking did it that would be one thing but Hetfield ? He cant even write worth while music any more

Chuck in PA
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Chuck in PA

He can’t make a living from the band? Of course, he can. Good he is doing something else to pay the bills. Lol.

jw
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jw

A pathetic attempt at satire. This kind of dull attempt at humor seems endemic among hipsters.

BarleySinger
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BarleySinger

Especially becasue there really are quite a few musicians (famous or otherwise) who are scientists. Some are famous in both fields. * Brian May (Queen) PHD Astrophysics * Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) PDH Zoolology * Milo Aukerman (The Descendents) Doctorate Biochemistry * Brian Cox (keyboardist for D:Ream) particle physicist at the large Hadron colider * Dan Snaith (“Caribou”) Ph.D. Mathematics* satire master Tom Lehrer – Mathematics professor at Harvard & Poly Sci teacher at M.I.T. * Per Enflo (concert pianist) Professor of Mathematics Kent State University, also at Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California,… Read more »