Gimme the Prize

Gimme the Prize

Gimme the Prize

Bad Astronomy
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April 14 2008 10:30 AM

Gimme the Prize

Brian May, guitarist for Queen, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, has been formally installed as a Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

May is a guitarist, sure, but he's also a real-live astrophysicist, getting his degree recently after a slight delay due to a career move involving music. But he is now an actual Chancellor, and was awarded "an honorary fellowship for his contribution to astronomy and services to the public understanding of science..."

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Very cool. His degree was in studying the radial motion of dust in the zodiacal light, and I can't say more because I couldn't find his paper on any online server. Anyone have a link? I did find a couple of book reviews of Bang! -- The Complete History of the Universe which he cowrote with my friend and blogger Chris Lintott. Maybe I'll pick up a copy whilst (!) I'm in the UK later this week.

Anyway, congratulations to Dr. May! But it's interesting to wonder how many Brits have left behind a life of music for astrophysics...

Tip o' the mortarboard to BABLoggee Chris Nicoll.