Brian May… thinks we could be alone in the universe


Brian May. Queen

BRIAN MAY: PhD Astrophysicist and Queen guitarist thinks we could be a;lone in the Universe
28 September 2017


Brian May of Queen is best known for his towering guitar solos in songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Killer Queen.” But before May became a rock star, he spent his time studying the stars, and by that, I don’t mean other musical luminaries. Between 1970 and 1974, Brian May was studying for a doctorate in astrophysics at London’s Imperial College, a goal that was cut short when Queen’s self-titled debut album became a success on the U.K. album charts, propelling May, singer Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon of Queen toward international super-stardom.

A wildly successful music career did not dull Brian May’s interest in astrophysics. According to BBC News, Brian May re-enrolled in Imperial College in 2006 and resumed work on his original PhD thesis on the formation of zodiacal dust clouds composed of space dust that comes from comets and asteroid collisions. May completed his Ph.D. in a little over a year and has gone on to author books and continue his work in astrophysics, including a stint serving as chancellor of John Moores University in Liverpool between 2007 and 2013.

May recently appeared on Jonesy’s Jukebox, a radio program hosted by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. According to Ultimate Guitar, Brian May was asked about his thoughts on the possibility of life existing elsewhere in the universe…Read more

Brian May on Jonesy’s Jukebox