Clive R. Neal

University of Notre Dame, Professor, Lunar Geology

Clive R. Neal grew up and was educated in the United Kingdom. He obtained his PhD in geochemistry and petrology in 1986. He moved to the United States later in that year where he spent 4 years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. While there, he studied mantle petrology and was introduced to the study of Apollo lunar samples, and has been involved in the study of the Moon since then using samples, as well as remotely sensed data from missions including and since Apollo. He is currently a Professor of Lunar Geology at the University of Notre Dame.

Neal has served on numerous mission and research review panels, including being the Chair of the Lunar Sample Allocation subcommittee 2005-2009, and was a member of the Senior Review panel for NASA’s Planetary Science Division in 2012 and chaired that panel in 2014. He was the chair of NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group from 2006-2010, and again from 2015-2018. Neal is passionate about NASA and in returning humans to the Moon and beyond in a sustainable, economically beneficial way. In 2015, he received the NASA “Wargo Award” for contributions to the integration of exploration and planetary science throughout his career.