Friday, July 27, 2007

A Singer and a Guitarist

by Ken Houghton

The only working astrophysicist/musician I know is Shira's cousin Jenny, who has the papers to prove the first and some great experience at the second.

Via Battlepanda, I see there will soon be another musician/astrophysicist, though I suspect he might spend more time with music:
Brian May is completing his doctorate in astrophysics, more than 30 years after he abandoned his studies to form the rock group Queen.

The 60-year-old guitarist and songwriter said he plans to submit his thesis, "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," to supervisors at Imperial College London within the next two weeks....

He was due to finish carrying out astronomical observations at an observatory on the island of La Palma, in Spain's Canary Islands, on Tuesday, the observatory said.

May told the British Broadcasting Corp. that he had always wanted to complete his degree.

"It was unfinished business," he said. "I didn't want an honorary Ph.D. I wanted the real thing that I worked for."

Congratulations, Mr. May. And if you need a mezzo-soprano and Joan Morris isn't available, you won't have to look too far afield.

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