Queen guitarist Brian May gets doctorate in astrophysics

Posted Aug 25, 2007 by dpa news
Guitarist Brian May. - File photo
Guitarist Brian May. - File photo
London - Guitarist with British rock band Queen, Brian May, has been awarded a doctorate in astrophysics after interrupting his studies over 30 years ago, reports said Friday.
"I can't tell you what a relief this is," said the 60-year-old, who gave up his scientific research for music in 1974.
Dr Brian May was planning to celebrate the occasion by having dinner with friends. May resumed his doctoral studies last year.
He completed the 48,000-word study of interplanetary dust entitled Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud at Imperial College, London.
Even if he is used to performing in public, he suffered from stage fright as he faced the examiners.
There is always the worry that they will ask you something that will cause you to fail, but, luckily, they didn't, May said.
He will be conferred officially with the title at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in May next year.
May has already written a book on the history of the universe along with other scientists.