Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Rock Legend Turn Chancellor!

OK, this is actually stale news but one which should be noted by our artistes and the wannabes.

Brian May, rock star and astrophysicist, has been appointed chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

May will be installed as the university's figurehead leader early next year, it was announced Monday. The 60-year-old Queen guitarist said the appointment was "a great honor and a great new challenge."

He is an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University, which has a well-known astrophysics research institute.

"Brian May is an intensely talented individual who achieved global success with Queen," said the university's vice chancellor, Michael Brown, in a statement. "In this age of celebrity culture, it is rare to find someone who has fame, fortune and universal acclaim and yet who remains true to his core values of learning and enlightenment."

Liverpool John Moores University was formed in 1992 from the former Liverpool Polytechnic.
It should also be noted that earlier on Brian May received his PhD from Imperial College, London (which is one of the top Universities in the UK, if not the world). Whilst he did leave his studies as a result of Queen's popularity, what he left was his doctoral studies. Our artistes tend to be school leavers...some are dropouts! (One or two do have PhDs but from dubious institutions...haha).
Well, that's Brian May, music legend and scholar. And by the way, do you know that Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) has a MSc from Oxford University?

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