Dr Brian May, the Guitar Playing Genius
Published on: Jul 16, 2020

Hello everyone,

When I was a kid and a teenager, one of the most famous rock bands was called “Queen”. Do you know Queen? Stupid question. Of course you do. Everybody knows Queen. Their singer was called Freddy Mercury, the guitarist Brian May. Excuse me: Dr Brian May.

Did you know Brian May holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics? Seriously. The title of his Ph.D. thesis is “A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud”. You might want to look it up on the internet. Brian May has also published a paper in “Nature”, probably the most famous scientific journal for natural sciences.

Here’s the story: Brian May has studied astrophysics at Imperial College in London. In the early 1970es, he was a Ph.D. student doing research on special aspects of the zodiacal light. His band became more and more successful, and he thought: “Ok, people like our music. However, you never what happens and how long this is going to last. I’ll do some music now, and if we’re not successful anymore I’ll go back to university and finish my Ph.D.”

35 years, 200 million albums sold, 700 Gold and Platinum Certifications and dozens of Number 1 hits later Brian was cleaning up his basement and found the old box with the Ph.D. thesis that was 80% finished. He said: “Now’s the time to get that job done. I’ll go back to university.” And that’s what he did. He found a new supervisor, did additional research on the zodiacal light, published his thesis and got his degree.
Crazy, isn’t it?

I have no clue about astrophysics, and the first time I have ever read the word “zodiacal light” was in his thesis. However, it’s easy for me to imagine that the universe is a very, very interesting field for research.

A leading expert in this field is Robi Banerjee, professor for astrophysics and director of the Hamburg Observatory. He has written an article on how to use solar energy on earth. And he says: “75% of the universe is made of hydrogen if we neglect the unknown Dark Matter and Dark Energy.” [Comment: Does he mean batteries? ;-))) ]

On July 27, 2020 at 5pm CET (8am Los Angeles, 11am New York, etc.), he will give us an insight into the universe and derive what that could mean for us engineers here on earth. I am really looking forward to this special webinar on a topic that might not bring in more revenue tomorrow – but it’s certainly very inspiring for all of us.

Here’s the information you need:

Topic: “Hydrogen in the Universe – and on Earth”

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Robi Banerjee, Director of the Hamburg Observatory

Date: Juli 29, 2020, 5pm CET (8am PST, 11am EST, etc.)

Price: free

Location: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/mission-hydrogen-hue
Cool stuff, isn’t it? Register now. 🙂

Have a nice and inspiring day


PS: We’ll have a summer break after this webinar. Please check www.mission-hydrogen.de for the next events. 🙂

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