Бра́йан Га́рольд Мэй
(англ. Brian Harold May; род. 19 июля 1947, Лондон) — британский рок-музыкант, гитарист группы Queen
, автор многих хитов группы. Командор Ордена Британской империи (CBE), учёный-астрофизик
. Женат на актрисе Аните Добсон (англ.).
Мэй окончил школу Хэмптон-скул (англ. Hampton School) и престижный факультет физики и математики лондонского Имперского колледжа. Брайан уже в основном подготовил диссертацию на соискание степени доктора философии по астрономическим исследованиям в инфракрасном диапазоне и имел две научных публикации по астрономии: в журнале Nature и ежемесячном вестнике Королевского астрономического общества, когда успех Queen заставил его прервать научную карьеру.
May studied physics and mathematics at Imperial College London, graduating with a BSc (Hons) degree and ARCS in physics with Upper Second-Class Honours. From 1970 to 1974, he studied for a PhD degree at Imperial College, studying reflected light from interplanetary dust and the velocity of dust in the plane of the Solar System. When Queen started to have international success in 1974, he abandoned his doctoral studies, but co-authored two scientific research papers, which were based on his observations at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife.In October 2006, May re-registered for his PhD at Imperial College and submitted his thesis in August 2007
(one year earlier than he estimated it would take to complete). As well as writing up the previous work he had done, May had to review the work on zodiacal dust undertaken during the intervening 33 years, which included the discovery of the zodiacal dust bands by NASA's IRAS satellite. After a viva voce, the revised thesis (entitled A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud) was approved in September 2007, some 37 years after it had been commenced. He was able to submit his thesis only because of the minimal amount of research on the topic during the intervening years and has described the subject as one that became "trendy" again in the 2000s. He graduated at the awards ceremony of Imperial College held in the Royal Albert Hall on 14 May 2008
In October 2007, May was appointed a Visiting Researcher in Imperial College and continues his interest in astronomy and involvement with the Imperial Astrophysics Group.
He is co-author, with Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott, of Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe (published in 2006) and "The Cosmic Tourist" (published in 2012).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Mayhttps://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9C%D1%8D%D0%B9,_%D0%91%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%B0%D0%BD