Brian May has the "book smarts" to match his "hook smarts." The Queen guitarist and composer behind "We Will Rock You" and "I Want It All"—and Rami Malek's new BFF—earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Imperial College in 2007.
Before Queen formed in 1971, May was working on his thesis on "Zodiacal Dust," molecular sized bits of space dust that can settle into "clouds" that appear as a faint glow just above the horizon. "When I was about to finish my thesis, it was just the beginnings of Queen and I had to make that choice," May told Time Magazine. "And my choice was made on the assumption that I wasn’t very good at physics and I might be quite good at music.”