Brian May, guitarist of the rock band Queen, has recently completed his thesis for a PhD in astronomy – more than 30 years after he started the academic paper.
The We Will Rock You star, 59, studied at the Imperial College London departments of Physics and Mathematics, and was part way through a Ph.D. program, studying reflected light from interstellar dust and the velocity of dust in the plane of the Solar System, when Queen became successful. He abandoned his physics doctorate – temporarily, as it later turned out – but did co-author two scientific research papers: MgI Emission in the Night-Sky Spectrum (1972) and An Investigation of the Motion of Zodiacal Dust Particles (Part I) (1973), which were based on Brian’s observations in Tenerife. As of July 2007, he has completed his Ph.D. thesis, and is awaiting review. Most recently, he was the co-author of “Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe” with Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott, which was published in October, 2006.