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Sunday, August 05, 2007

My new hero! *L*

This is just too cool!

Queen guitarist's thesis out of this world

Posted Sat Aug 4, 2007 8:27am AEST
Updated Sat Aug 4, 2007 8:28am AEST

Guitarist Brian May says he was distracted by his musical career. (File photo) (Getty Images: Kevin Winter)

Queen guitarist Brian May has handed in his doctoral thesis, more than 30 years after first starting the academic dissertation on a highly specialised area of astronomy.

May started the thesis at Imperial College, London, in 1974, but shelved it when his musical career with the band headed by legendary showman Freddie Mercury took off.

He finally returned to it last year, and completed the 48,000-word extended dissertation after dusting off the manuscript left for over three decades in the loft of his Surrey home.

On Friday he handed in the thesis, called "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud", to Imperial's head of astrophysics Professor Paul Nandra. Once assessors have read it he faces an oral exam on the work later this month.

Way to go, May!


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