Imperial?s most famous rock star has been appointed chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Brian May (as he will probably be soon) will be installed as the universities figurehead early next year, several months after submitting his PhD thesis, and 36 years after starting it. May worked for 4 years on his PhD in the 1970s at Imperial, before abandoning it until recently due to his growing success with the band Queen.
"Brian May is an intensely talented individual who achieved global success with Queen," said Liverpool John Moores? vice chancellor, Michael Brown, in a statement released on Monday. "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."
Dr May described the appointment as ?a great honour and a great new challenge?. He is already an honorary fellow of the university, which was formed in 1992 from the former Liverpool Polytechnic. May succeeds the wife of Tony Blair, Cherie, as the chancellor.