My own research uncovers that the claim made by Steve Milloy is UNTRUE. See this NASA document:
Apparently Milloy’s FOIA request was not broad enough. I apologize for reprinting his error. – Anthony Watts
UPDATE2: As a result of my findings, Milloy has taken down his post at Junkscience.
Kudos to Steve Milloy of Junk Science who has been digging into the ringleader for the RICO20. It seems it isn’t just his “Nobel Prize” was embellished and retracted, but there’s a NASA science medal that was apparently never awarded.
Milloy writes at Junk Science:
At the time, JunkScience.com noticed that Shukla had also claimed to have won NASA’s “Exceptional Scientific Achievement” medal in 1982. See for example, below, his resume from the web site of his non-profit IGES.org.
Here’s another example from another Shukla CV.
The claim has also been made on the George Mason University web site.
Suspecting that Shukla may also have awarded himself the NASA medal as well as the Nobel Prize, JunkScience.com FOIA-ed NASA for the winners of the “Exceptional Scientific Achievement” medal for 1982.
NASA provided this document in response:
Below are the pages with the winners of the “Exceptional Scientific Achievement” Medal in 1982. Note the name “Jagadish Shukla” does not appear.
JunkScience.com e-mailed Jagadish Shukla for a response. Nothing has been received so far.
And, I’m told some rumors about a party Shukla arranged for his peers in the 1980’s. Some people say later they “wished I had never attended that party”. We are still looking into that one.
I’m thinking that right about now, Shukla and the RICO20 wish they’d never opened this Pandora’s box with that letter they had to disappear.
Note: within 5 minutes of publication, the first paragraph was updated to clarify the language, and a separator was added to the end of the JS content. About 10 minutes after publication, the top pagagraphs were changed to reflect that the claim made about Shukla’s medal is untrue.