Frontier Former Editor

July 25, 2007

Now this is cool . . .

Filed under: astrophysics, cool stuff, guitar heroes, Queen, science — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:48 pm

not to mention a sign of hope for my own change of career . . .

Queen Guitarist to Complete Doctorate

By Associated Press

LONDON – 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.

He was due to finish carrying out astronomical observations at an observatory on the island of La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands, on Tuesday, the observatory said.

May told the British Broadcasting Corp. that he had always wanted to complete his degree.

“It was unfinished business,” he said. “I didn’t want an honorary Ph.D. I wanted the real thing that I worked for.”

 And for a little Brian May:


  1. That really is cool!

    Comment by neath — July 26, 2007 @ 1:58 am

  2. Ultra cool, FFE. However, you should be aware that Freddy seems to have had himself cloned awhile back.

    While there can be only one, this cat Mika is next best thing.

    Comment by Metro — July 26, 2007 @ 3:37 am

  3. Uber cool

    Comment by nursemyra — July 26, 2007 @ 5:17 am

  4. So, is Mick ever gonna get that CGA?

    Comment by raincoaster — July 26, 2007 @ 8:17 am

  5. He better, to offset the metaphysical imbalance from Hahvahd granting that goddamn MBA to Dubya

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — July 26, 2007 @ 8:22 am

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