Glam Rock Guitarist Goes Back to School

Queen guitarist Brian May is returning to his studies to get a doctorate in astrophysics, Scott Simon notes.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

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(Soundbite of song "Bohemian Rhapsody")

SIMON: Brian May is resuming the journey he gave up, however profitably, more than 30 years ago. Mr. May was studying astrophysics when he co-founded the rock group, Queen, which is still celebrated for its intricate arrangements.

Mr. May says that he will soon submit his doctoral thesis to supervisors of London's Imperial College. It's called "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud." Talk about intricate arrangements.

Mr. May told the BBC that he's always wanted to complete his doctorate. I didn't want an honorary Ph.D., he said. I wanted the real thing that I worked for.

Well, as long as Ozzy Osbourne stays out of medical school.

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