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Alpha
05-08-2007, 17:08
Queen guitarist Brian May has finally handed in his phD in Astronomy 36 years after abandoning it to join up with Queen.
His thesis was on the study of zodiacal dust clouds which he observed in Tenerife.
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Queen star hands in science PhD (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6929290.stm)

SFB
05-08-2007, 17:42
Maybe he had something better to do for most of that 36 years?

Tenerife would be a good place to study clouds, especially over Teide.

Fenella
05-08-2007, 17:43
Oh well done Brian. I knew you could do it! :D

timey
05-08-2007, 19:43
Yes, well done Brian! :)

Gemo52
05-08-2007, 23:21
I'm surprised he could pick up where he left off without new observations and discoveries being made in the intervening years.

Jobless Oddball
05-08-2007, 23:32
I'm surprised he could pick up where he left off without new observations and discoveries being made in the intervening years.

Some things never change Gemo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;)

Snapper
06-08-2007, 02:46
He's only handed it in at the minute, he's got a few weeks before they tell him whether it was crap or not. I reckon they will pass him anyway!!

Zombie Mastermind
06-08-2007, 13:50
He was offered a job at Jodrell Bank Observatory years ago but he turned it down.

I'm glad he did. He had legendary slabs of rock to create instead.

Daveboy
06-08-2007, 17:02
Tenerife would be a good place to study clouds, especially over Teide.

He was studying zodiacal dust clouds from somewhere
way out in the cosmos SFB not some lenticular clouds over Teide!!!!

SFB
06-08-2007, 17:20
OMG, I thought you'd be one of the members with a sense of humour Dave.

Gemo52
06-08-2007, 19:07
Maybe FMs are not familiar with the pronunciation of Teide (tidy).

Fenella
06-08-2007, 19:23
Maybe he had something better to do for most of that 36 years?

Tenerife would be a good place to study clouds, especially over Teide.

It must have been a difficult choice really, whether to be a famous rock star or to study blah blah blah. :D

SFB
07-08-2007, 12:28
Maybe FMs are not familiar with the pronunciation of Teide (tidy).The English pronounce Spanish words however they like.:D
To pronounce words correctly in Castillian Spanish doesn't come easy to English speakers.
The 'E' in most Spanish words is pronounced a bit like 'A' in the English word 'able.'

Place and town names are among the most difficult to learn, very few Brits know how to pronounce Madrid properly and as for Barcelona, forget it.:D

We know a Brit couple who've lived for 2 years in a nearby village called Pinoso and they can't pronounce it properly yet, but he's Scottish, so is forgiven.:p

Gemo52
07-08-2007, 13:13
Fuengirola is prononced Fwenhirolla (the o being pronounced like the o in hot) isn't it. I know smatterings of several languages and I often get them mixed up. It's not helped that I learnt some of my Spanish from a Californian friend who spoke Mexican and some German from an Austrian.