Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Crazy little thing called postgraduate studies

Queen Guitarist to Complete Doctorate

AP - 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.


Coincidentally, "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud" was the title of an unfinished Led Zeppelin album.

Seriously, Brian May is handily one of the greatest rock guitar players ever (as if you need me to tell you that), and the thought of him having a doctorate in astrophysics makes him even cooler, if possible. When I am president-for-life, all my subjects will have statues of May in their front yards. They will have motion detectors embedded in them, and when people walk by the statues will play the disco riff from "Another One Bites the Dust."

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