He has been elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science 1988.
Received the honor of "Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana" from the Italian Government in 1992.
Recipient of prize" Piedmontese of the Year" in 1994
Received a Centenary Medal, Australia 2003.
He received the Flinders 40Th anniversary medal for services to the University 2006
Was awarded, together with Ian Gibbins, the "Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Communication" Award for 2008 of the National Science Week, Australian Science Communicators (SA).
Life membership of the ANS, 2010
In 2012 he was made Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University
Inducted member of the Bragg group of the RIAus April 2015