Brian May – Rock Legend / Doctor of Astrophysics

Front pic for Brian May. Possibly the perfect pic for this because you can picture him as both Astrophysicist or Guitarist here.
Front pic for Brian May. Possibly the perfect pic for this because you can picture him as both Astrophysicist or Guitarist here.

I’ll freely admit that Brian May was one of my first picks for a feature in HubbleGum Cards. As the unmistakable lead guitarist (and collaborating on the intricate vocals and song writing) of the legendary rock group, Queen, Dr. May pretty much shatters any preconceived notions of boring scientists.

Young Brian May had an interest in stereoscopic pictures (an early way to see three dimensions on a flat picture). Perhaps this played some part in envisioning musical masterpieces that pushed the multi-tracking capabilities of the time past its limits! Growing from the early “Now I’m Here” to the incredible and renowned, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

However, his interest in stereoscopy played a direct part in his participation on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and creating the first ever stereoscopic photos of Pluto.

Dr. May is not the only musician that has earned the right to be featured on HubbleGum Cards, but I definitely think he should be the first.

Card Text

Front Quote:

“It’s the most spiritually empowering thing I know, to look up at the night sky and see Orion rising as the autumn closes in at the last moment, and it’s got me through some very hard times.”

Back Text:

The back of the Brian May HubbleGum Card.
The back of the Brian May HubbleGum Card.

Brian May (1947 – ) There have undoubtedly been a lot of lectures given by doctors of Astrophysics on the time dilation effects postulated in Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, but few have been given in front of a hundred thousand fans with everyone singing along. Such is Brian May and Queen’s ‘39; a song about interstellar travellers returning after only a year (for them) to find that everyone they loved had aged or died. Not all of May’s contributions to science have been lyrical. Already with a BSc in Physics, he was preparing for his PhD when his side gig with Queen distracted him for over 30 years. Dr. May received his PhD in 2008. He remains active in astrophysics and has co-authored two books with the late Sir Patrick Moore, co-founder of the Society for Popular Astronomy.

Recognition

Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

Asteroid 52665 Brianmay named in his honour.

Played the most awesome rendition of “God Save the Queen” on the roof of Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee.

How strongly do you feel that Dr. Brian May should be a part of the first set of HubbleGum Cards? Vote here!

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Or leave your eloquent reply below.

Photo of Brian May By Brian Minkoff-London PixelsOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link