Taking too long to finish your Astrophysics dissertation?
Do not despair!
Even if you did the research for your
PhD thesis FORTY YEARS AGO, if you have a fine and
understanding department chair like my friend
Dr. Michael Rowan-Robinson (Imperial College),
you may be able to return and complete your degree.
Case in point: Brian May had done substantial observational
work on the zodiacal background light (and is a co-author
on two referreed publications), but he also liked playing
guitar. Rather than continue his thesis revisions, he
dropped out and joined a rock band. They went on to record
about 15 albums (and then Brian made several solo albums).
Most of these went gold or platinum, with total sales around
one hundred millions (10**8, to astronomical precision).
Several of Brian's songs incorporate astronomical ideas
(although I am not aware of any in his biggest hit, "We
Will, We Will Rock You".) Along the way, Brian did manage to pick
up some honorary degrees (and a CBE). He even co-authored a popular book
on astronomy. But although he has a Doctorate of Science,
Brian is not permitted to put "Doctor" at the front of his name.
He plans to rectify this situation, by returning to Imperial
to complete his doctoral thesis, which has apparently still not
become obsolete. Astronomy May become the "Queen" of the Sciences...
Details are in the final paragraph:
Brian May co-authors a popular book on Astronomy, and
plans to return to grad school to complete his PhD dissertaion
In case you have any doubts about whether Brian
STILL HAS IT as an incredible guitarist and overall musician,
you might check this solo out:
Guitar solo live in Kiev