Guitarist and songwriter Brian May has completed his doctorate in astrophysics — three decades after he put academia on hold to form the. The rocker was awarded his qualification Thursday by London's Imperial College and said submitting his thesis, "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," to supervisors was as nerve-racking as any stadium gig.
"I'm feeling rather joyful. I cannot tell you how much of a weight off the mind it is," May said late Thursday.
May was an astrophysics student at Imperial College when he joined...He told reporters Thursday that handing over his completed thesis — a 48,000 word study which seeks to prove planets and dust clouds in our solar system orbit in the same direction — and facing examiners for a review of his work was a tough challenge. and Roger Taylor to form Queen in 1970, but dropped his doctorate as the glam rock band became successful. Queen became one of Britain's biggest music groups in the 1970s, with hits including "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You."
"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."
I'm pretty sure that "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud" was also the name of a King Crimson album.(Link)