The Queen guitarist Brian May famously gave up on his PhD on the F layer of the Sun (zodiacal dust) to concentrate on his career as a, well, guitarist for Queen. He then even more famously returned to his alma mater, Imperial, and completed the PhD many years later. He has since worked as a ‘self-funded postdoc’, going in and doing research.
In the Times’ Eureka supplement, following the rise of D:REAM keyboard player Professor Brian Cox, May, increasingly regular on the Sky at Night and related publications (such as Bang! A history of the Universe, coauthored with Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott), returns to the spotlight in a quick profile.