We all know the legendary band Queen. They have been making music since 1970, and are still touring around the world. One of the founders is Bryan May, guitarist of the band. Besides being a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and photographer, the man is actually also an astrophysicist!
From 1970 until 1974, he studied for a PhD degree at Imperial College. He focused on studying reflected light from interplanetary dust and the velocity of dust in the plane of the Solar System. But when Queen gained international success in 1974, he had to abandon his doctoral studies to focus solely on the band.
For a very long time it looked like he wouldn’t be doing anything with his study. Guess what: everyone was wrong! In October of 2006, May re-registered for his PhD at the same college. He submitted his thesis in August 2007, which came as a surprise to him. He anticipated that it would take him a year longer to finish it. He eventually graduated at the awards ceremony of the Imperial College. It was held at the Royal Albert Hall on 14 May 2008. After 37 years he was now finally able to call himself a Doctor of Astrophysics!
Present day, May has been touring a lot with Queen. Even though Freddie Mercury left us a long time ago, his worthy replacement is Adam Lambert, runner-up of American Idol in 2009. This doesn’t mean that he still isn’t interested in the field of astrophysics. He even is a co-author of two books on this topic: Bang! – the Complete History of the Universe and the Cosmic Tourist!
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