Dr. Coleman is an emeritus professor of space physics at the University of California at Los Angeles.
In 1970, NASA awarded Dr. Coleman its Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his contributions to the exploration of the solar system. In 1972, he was awarded a second of these medals for his contributions to the exploration of the moon. In 1975, he was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics. During 1975-76, he was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and a Senior Fulbright Scholar.
In 1985, Dr. Coleman was appointed by President Reagan to the National Commission on Space. In 1991, he was appointed by Vice President Quayle to the Space Policy Advisory Board.