In an interview (4:10) while Director of Institute for Advanced Study, J. Robert Oppenheimer states quite plainly and sincerely:
We had here this year a Swiss French psychologist - he is almost a philosopher, called Piaget...
Secondly, at 7:09, Oppenheimer states:
...Harold Cherniss, who is that wonderful blend of scholar and philosopher...
And finally, considering the work of Alan Turning, who is described as being a: mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist.
Given the diverse range of fields in humanities and science, it must help to have one main perspective - a common foundation, and maybe this one main perspective helps to gain a high-level overview, allowing for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work.
Is being a scholar and philosopher (academic) the pinnacle of humanities and science?