Brian May Earns Doctorate, Chancellor Position
Tue, 20 Nov 2007 08:53:00
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Queen guitarist Brian May was named as the next chancellor of Liverpool's John Moores University yesterdaya position last filled by Cherie Booth, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. May recently completed his doctorate in astrophysics, which he started studying around the time of Queen's formation in 1970. The chancellor position will take effect at the start of 2008. May was recognized as an honorary fellow of John Moores earlier this year, for his contributions to the arts and the public's understanding of science with his book Bang! The Complete History of the Universe.
"In this age of celebrity culture, it is rare to find someone who has fame, fortune and universal acclaim and yet who remains true to his core values of learning and enlightment," vice chancellor Michael Brown said in a statement to Billboard.com.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff