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Andrew Zimmerman Jones

Brian May's Thesis Published

By August 3, 2008

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Last July, at age 60, Queen guitarist Brian May earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics after having completed work that he began thirty years ago but abandoned to pursue his career as a rock legend.

His thesis, A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, has now been released as a 215-page volume from the publisher Springer. This is not an uncommon practice, but the author is a bit more high profile than the average graduate student.

Still, despite the fame with which May has already been met in his illustrious career, his own words about this publication show that, rock legend or not, he's just as giddy about it as any other graduate student.

Brian May photo from
2006 VH1 Rock Honors in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Copyright Kevin Winter/Getty Images


August 4, 2008 at 10:47 am
(1) Dave S says:

Good for you, Brian. It’s NEVER too late, and you showed ‘em. Keep it up, good buddy.

August 4, 2008 at 4:59 pm
(2) named dai says:

he should have put it on arxiv.


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