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Star Wars: Princess Leia Got Her Ph.D. At Age 19

That's Doctor Leia Organa to you. 

This weekend, Star Wars fans were slightly shocked but entirely delighted to discover that Princess Leia had received a Ph.D. and earned it at just 19 years of age. 

The revelation came by way of Twitter user Becca Harrison, a writer and student at the University of Glasgow, who uncovered the tidbit in the book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation. Written by Carolyn Cocca, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and Law at the State University of New York, the book delves into the "production, representations, and receptions of prominent transmedia female superheroes," including one Leia Organa (via Bloomsbury).

According to Cocca's writings, Star Wars creator George Lucas revealed in the 2004 commentary for A New Hope that Leia obtained her doctorate degree, along with numerous other accolades, while her twin brother Luke was still a "naive farm boy."

"Instead of being kind of an idealistic naive farm boy from the far reaches of the netherlands, [Leia is] like a very sophisticated, urbanized ruler, a senator, so she's a politician," said Lucas, as written in Cocca's book. "She's accomplished, graduated, got her Ph.D. at 19 and she rules people and is in charge."

As if Leia wasn't badass enough, completing her studies and receiving a Ph.D. before she turned 20 kicks her cool factor up even higher. 

Carrie Fisher's General Leia Organa is set to appear in the upcoming series installment, The Last Jedi. Unfortunately, the film marks the character's last appearance in the Star Wars film franchise, as Fisher passed away in December of last year. 

While we ponder about how cool one character can be, take a look at the most impressive women in the Star Wars universe.