Fortunately for Brian, the particular line of research he followed has not progressed much since the 1970s studies of the zodiacal cloud (the interplanetary dust cloud which pervades the solar system) have concentrated more on its spatial rather than its kinematic structure.
So he was in the position of having old data which could still inform current debate about the origin interplanetary dust.
May will be formally presented with his doctorate next May.
Guitarist and songwriter Brian May has completed his doctorate in astrophysics — three decades after he put academia on hold to form the rock group Queen.
Brian May, the guitarist and founding member of the legendary rock band Queen, earned his Ph D in astronomy last year from Imperial College London.
His Ph D thesis A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud has just been co-published by Springer and Canopus Publishing Ltd.
“It was a bit nerve-racking walking into the room, but once we got going it was fascinating,” May said.
“There’s always that feeling they could ask that big question that could sink you, but luckily they didn’t.” May will be formally presented with his doctorate next May at a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
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