"His accolades are many, and his worked has been published hundreds of times over in science journals and popular science magazines. Neil is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and Goddard’s John C. Lindsay Memorial Award. He has been recognized by the American Astronomical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences and other renowned scientific organizations. More recently in 2016, he was elected an honorary fellow to the Royal Astronomical Society in London, and he was a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration which made the groundbreaking discovery of gravitational waves last February. A few months later, CalTech recognized Neil as one of its most distinguished alumni.