Guitarist Brian May held degrees in physics and mathematics and was well on his way toward his physics doctorate when his band Queen got its big break. Some habits die hard, though. In 2007, more than 30 years after he’d begun his research, May completed his thesis and graduated with a PhD in astrophysics in 2008. That same year, he had an asteroid named after him, the 52665 Brianmay. —Jeff Royer
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