Retracted claim: FOIA suggests #RICO20 leader Jagdish Shukla falsely claimed prestigious NASA medal.

UPDATE: (edited)

My own research uncovers that the claim made by Steve Milloy is UNTRUE. See this NASA document:

https://searchpub.nssc.nasa.gov/servlet/sm.web.Fetch/Agency_Awards_Historical_Recipient_List.pdf?rhid=1000&did=2120817&type=released

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.

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Here’s another example from another Shukla CV.

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The claim has also been made on the George Mason University web site.

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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:

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Below are the pages with the winners of the “Exceptional Scientific Achievement” Medal in 1982. Note the name “Jagadish Shukla” does not appear.

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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.

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21 thoughts on “Retracted claim: FOIA suggests #RICO20 leader Jagdish Shukla falsely claimed prestigious NASA medal.

  1. I someone has used false claims on their CV to gain an advantage for themselves, such as government grants or contracts for work, then I suspect fraud is the correct charge…

    • He was at Goddard at the time, not Ames.

      Of course, with this bunch, the default assumption is that they are lying through their teeth when they say sunrise is in the east. So far has modern “science” sunk.

      • Oh, and congrats on crossing the quarter billion mark! (Forgive me if I hope you don’t reach the half billion – because this kind of site is no longer necessary.)

    • Oops! This is the Ames Research Center, not the Langley Research Center as shown above. May have different names.

  2. OK, I’m confused. Did he get the medal or not?
    The link provided by Anthon_ at top of article links to a document that lists Jagadish Shukla (slightly different spelling of first name) as a recipient. But the article reads like he didn’t get it.

    My assumption is that A. is simply repeating the original article, but stating up front that it is wrong, and Shukla did in fact get the medal?

    • “Below are the pages with the winners of the “Exceptional Scientific Achievement” Medal in 1982. Note the name “Jagadish Shukla” does not appear.”

      Which part did you not understand of NASA’s list ??

  3. I am lost. Which story or stories are false? It appears that Shukla claimed a NASA medal and based on a document from NASA he did receive it. Is this accurate? Now cbb has another document where Shukla’s name does not appear.
    What does this have to do with some party 30 years ago?

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