Friday, August 03, 2007

Brian May

How many of you knew that Queen guitarist Brian May could have pursued a career as a scientist had rock music not lured him away from the academic world? I didn't until this morning, when I heard one of the news items on BBC Five Live's breakfast show. Here's the story on the BBC News website.

In 1971, May had been studying at London's Imperial College (my brainy husband John's alma mater as well, by the way) when he decided instead to join the legendary rock group.

So now, at age 60, May has finally handed his astronomy PhD thesis, titled "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud", in to Imperial College. And he will find out later this month whether or not he'll get his doctorate.

"Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud"? Wouldn't that just make a superb CD title?



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