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article imageGuitarist May Gives Us His Thoughts On The Stars - The Ones In The Sky

By Michelle Duffy     Aug 4, 2007 in Entertainment
The legendary guitarist from the UK rock band, Queen has now handed in his Science PhD at last. It was the qualification he was working on when he decided to join the band instead way back in 1971
The man better known for famously standing on top of Buckingham Palace with guitar in hand and played to thousands, "God Save The Queen," at Her Majesty's recent Jubilee, has now handed in the thesis he had been working on but gave up 36 years ago to join the internationally acclaimed rock band instead.
The astronomy PhD
was completed recently when May had been working in Tenerife on the formations of "zodiac dust clouds."
It may sound more like a track from Ziggy Stardust, yet the aging guitarist is very proud of his work. The massive 48,000 word thesis has been written for the Imperial College in London where he had once been a similarly long haired student in the early seventies.
He said, with a twinkle in his eye about the ending of the work which is now completed
"It's been the longest gap year ever. It was a tough decision back then to leave my studies for music. I'm so proud to be here today. Astronomy has always interested me. I used to love sitting at home and watching Sir Patrick Moore on the Sky at Night."
Yet the call of music was stronger and now, at the age of 60, he has set out what he wanted to do. There is nothing like picking up something where you left off....
The thesis entitled, Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, has been lovingly presented to the College's head of astrophysics, Professor Paul Nandra. No doubt it will be proudly owned along side the guitarist's albums.
Yet that's not all folks, poor old Brian has to sit in front of the examining board of the top thinkers, teachers and professors on the 23 of August this year to discuss his thesis. Compare to playing to thousands at Wembley? The London stage must be a piece of cake.
"If I fail I will fail big time. It will be a very public failure with all this press."
Yet there had to be a point somewhere down the line where music and his scientific work would have to merge, and it has. The legend is attempting to bring together a gig to mark the inauguration of a telescope at the Observatory of the Roque de Los Muchachos in La Palma, Tenerife, where he had been working on he final portion of the mammoth concept.
Sir Patrick Moore has collaborated with May on a recent book about astronomy.
It would seem that the stars he and Queen had brought us over the years through music, have now been brought back again, but this time, for those who want to study them.
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