Brian May , born Brian Harold May on July 19, 1947 , is a musician and scientist from the United Kingdom . He was born in Hampton Hill and educated at Hampton School , Imperial College London , and the University of London .
As a musician, May is best known for his work as the guitarist of the rock band Queen. His musical genres include rock music , glam rock , progressive rock , hard rock , and pop rock . Some of his notable works are "We Will Rock You" , "Who Wants to Live Forever" , and "I Want It All" . May is also the owner of the Red Special guitar .
Throughout his career, May has taken on various roles such as a guitarist , astronomer , composer , singer-songwriter , pianist , television presenter , record producer , musician , actor , physicist , research fellow , singer , and Youtuber .
In his academic pursuits, May studied under doctoral advisor Michael Rowan-Robinson .