Queen guitarist Brian May dropped his academic pursuits to tour the globe as a young rock star, but after 36 years he has finally handed in his PhD thesis, which he began researching in 1972. The 60-year-old aspiring astrophysicist delivered a 48,000-word study on "zodiacal dust clouds" to Imperial College in London today, the BBC reports.
"It was a tough decision back then to leave my studies for music," said the prolific songwriter, author of iconic Queen hits and co-author of a children's science book released last year. A fellow astrophysicist says of May's career choice, "As a fan of Queen, I am glad that he left science temporarily." (Read more music stories.)