Brian May

Hard rock, Musical Artist

1947 –

39

Who is Brian May?

Brian Harold May CBE is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the guitarist of Queen. As a guitarist he uses a home-built guitar, "Red Special". Queen's albums include numerous May compositions, including "Tie Your Mother Down", "I Want It All", "We Will Rock You", "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Who Wants to Live Forever".

He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2005 for "services to the music industry and for charity work". May earned a Ph.D in astrophysics from Imperial College in 2007 and was Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013. He resides in Windlesham, Surrey. He is an active animal rights advocate and was appointed a vice-president of animal welfare charity the RSPCA in September 2012.

In 2005, a Planet Rock poll saw May voted the 7th greatest guitarist of all time. He was ranked at No. 26 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". In 2012, May was ranked the 2nd greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine readers poll.

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Born
Jul 19, 1947
Hampton, London
Also known as
  • T.E. Conway
  • Brian Harold May
  • Brian Harold May, CBE
  • Dr Brian May
  • Bri
Parents
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • England
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor's degree, Imperial College London
    Physics
  • Pure mathematics
  • Hampton School
  • University of London
Lived in
  • Hampton, London

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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