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Brian May

(1947-), Musician; guitarist for Queen and astrophysicist

Brian Harold May

Sitter in 2 portraits
Best known as guitarist, singer and songwriter with the band Queen, May is also an astronomer. Having nearly completed his PhD in astrophysics in the early 1970s, he abandoned his academic career when Queen gained international success. More than 30 years later, May completed his PhD; his thesis on zodiacal dust was approved by Imperial College in 2007. May continues his interest in astronomy and, together with Stephen Hawking, he is on the board of directors of ‘Starmus’, an international festival focused on celebrating astronomy, space exploration, music and art. Besides his passion for music and astronomy, Brian May is also a collector of Victorian stereoscopic photographs.

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Queen, by Mick Rock - NPG P756

Queen

by Mick Rock
C-type colour print, 1974
NPG P756

Brian May, by Max Alexander - NPG x133360

Brian May

by Max Alexander
C-type colour print, 17 July 2009
NPG x133360

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