Brian Harold May, CBE (Hampton, Londres, Inglaterra, 19 de julio de 1947) es un músico y astrofísico británico. Es conocido mundialmente por ser guitarrista, compositor, vocalista y en ocasiones teclista de la exitosa banda británica Queen. Compuso muchos de los grandes éxitos de Queen, y utiliza una guitarra eléctrica hecha por él mismo, llamada Red Special. Es considerado uno de los guitarristas más grandes y originales de la historia. En 2003 la revista Rolling Stone lo nombró como en el puesto 26 de su lista de los guitarristas más grandes de todos los tiempos. En 2011, la misma revista en una nueva lista, lo posicionó en el puesto número 26. 4 En 2005 una entrevista de Planet Rock lo ubicó como el puesto 7 de los mejores guitarristas. En 2005 fue nombrado comendador de la Orden del Imperio Británico por sus "servicios a la industria de la música". May obtuvo un PhD en astrofísica en el Imperial College, y desde abril de 2007, fue elegido rector honorífico de la Universidad John Moores.
Brian Harold May, CBE (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built electric guitar, called the Red Special. His compositions for the band include "We Will Rock You", "Tie Your Mother Down", "I Want It All", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "The Prophet's Song", "Flash", "Hammer to Fall", "Save Me", "Who Wants to Live Forever" and "The Show Must Go On". May was a co-founder of Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, having previously performed with Taylor in the band Smile, which he had joined while he was at university. Within five years of their formation in 1970 and the recruitment of bass player John Deacon completing the lineup, Queen had become established as one of the biggest rock bands in Britain with the album A Night at the Opera and its single "Bohemian Rhapsody". From the mid-1970s until the early 1990s, Queen were an almost constant presence in the UK charts and played some of the biggest venues in the world, most notably giving an acclaimed performance at Live Aid in 1985. As a member of Queen, May became regarded as a virtuoso musician and he was identified with a distinctive sound created through his layered guitar work. Following the death of Mercury in 1991, Queen were put on hiatus for several years but were eventually reconvened by May and Taylor for further performances featuring other vocalists. 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. He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for "services to the music industry and for charity work". May attained a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College London in 2007 and was Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013.[He was a "science team collaborator" with NASA's New Horizons Pluto mission. He is also a co-founder of the awareness campaign, Asteroid Day. (extraido de Wikipedia)