Oscar winner Natalie Portman went to Harvard, so of course her SAT score had to be high. You don’t coast on triple digit SAT scores when headed to the Ivy League. She was reported to have scored in the high 1400s. She was and remains quite a brainy beauty. She’s also coauthored two articles published in scientific journals.
She takes education so seriously, in fact, that she skipped the premiere of her film, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace to study for high school final exams. She even graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s in psychology, fully acknowledging that school might have an adverse affect on her career, but not really caring. “I don’t care if [college] ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star,” she said. Portman has even shown interest in postgraduate work, taking graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Journalism, guest lecturing at Columbia University, and co-authoring research papers that appeared in scientific journals.
Bill Gates’ score of 1590 out of 1600 is certainly amazing, but honestly, it’s not that surprising. Along with Paul Allen (who has a 1600 SAT score), Gates co-founded Microsoft, one of the biggest software companies in the world. He’s one of the best-known entrepreneurs in technology, and is frequently ranked among the world’s most wealthy people. Gates showed promise early on, as he, Allen, and two other students were expelled from school for exploiting bugs in the school’s computer operating system. His excellent score enabled him to get into Harvard, and although he enrolled, worked on algorithms, and spent a lot of time on school computers, he dropped out to work with Allen, ultimately starting their own computer software company
Spur’s Center Matt Bonner Scored 1350 on SAT Score
6’10” power forward and center Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs is no muscle head or stereotypical basketball star of all game and no education. The giant from Concord, New Hampshire, actually scored an impressive 1350 on his high school SAT exam back in the late 90s. His parents placed a lot of emphasis on his education and he was a top student at Concord High School. Afterwards, he went to the University of Florida where he played college basketball from 1999 to 2003. Bonner went professional after getting his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a cumulative GPA of 3.96. Bonner has enjoyed a good career in the NBA but it has yet to match his academic performance. With one notable exception of a B in college chemistry, Bonner has never received a grade less than “A” in all the years of his education. It is quite likely that Bonner’s post-NBA career will be a meaningful one because of his education. All too often, former NBA players struggle to adjust to post-NBA life and end up burning through the wealth they accumulated during their playing years. For his part, Bonner would like to play for a Canadian team some day. He is married to a Canadian.
Craig Breslow Scored 1420 on SAT
Left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow of the Boston Red Sox may not have made it to the All-Star game in his eight year baseball career. Nor has he won any championship ring at this time. However, he has secured for himself the honor of smartest man in baseball – at least according to the Minneapolis Star. It’s no wonder he is also known as the “whiz kid” of baseball: Breslow scored an impressive 1420 on his SAT test. In addition, he holds college degrees in both biochemistry and molecular biophysics neither of which can be said to have been a “cake walk”. One hard science degree is an accomplishment in and of itself, but Breslow has gone beyond that. So why is he in baseball? The simple answer is for love of the game. Breslow, who is a practicing Jew, has said it is not easy to practice his religion and be a major league ballplayer at the same time. It’s no wonder. The Jewish Sabbath is Saturday and it one of the league’s best days for attendance. Breslow has even played during the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur and fasted while he pitched. Still, he has found a delicate balance that has endured for his eight years in baseball.