July 25, 2007

Congratulations Dr. May!

Queen guitarist Brian May is about to hand in his thesis, completing the requirements to be awarded a PhD in Astrophysics:

Brian May is completing his doctorate in astrophysics, more than 30 years after he abandoned his studies to form the rock group Queen.

The 60-year-old guitarist and songwriter said he plans to submit his thesis, "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," to supervisors at Imperial College London within the next two weeks.

May was an astrophysics student at Imperial College when Queen, which included Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor, was formed in 1970. He dropped his doctorate as the glam rock band became successful.

Queen were one of Britain's biggest music groups in the 1970s, with hits including "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You."

After Mercury's death in 1991, May recorded several solo albums, including 1998's "Another World." But his interest in astronomy continued, and he co-wrote "Bang! The Complete History of the Universe," which was published last year.

Finishing a PhD is a hell of an accomplishment, regardless of the circumstances. Bravo!

Posted by caltechgirl at July 25, 2007 09:53 AM | TrackBack

Wow - that is VERY cool. I had no idea. Go Dr. May!

Posted by: Teresa at July 25, 2007 10:35 AM

haha! That's awesome! Both a Ph.D. and a rocker!

Posted by: ricki at July 25, 2007 02:21 PM

Wow. I wish I could accomplish so much!

Posted by: vw bug at July 25, 2007 02:39 PM

Way cool.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at July 27, 2007 05:23 AM