Mario Molina Facts

Mario Molina Facts
Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez (March 19, 1943) is a Mexican chemist. He is the first Mexican to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry and is a climate policy adviser to the president of Mexico.
Interesting Mario Molina Facts:
Mario Molina was born in Mexico City, Mexico and is the son of Robert Molina Pasquel who was Mexican ambassador to Ethiopia, Australia and the Philippines.
In 1965 he earned his B.S. in chemical engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and 1967 he received a postgraduate degree from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiberg.
In 1972 he was awarded a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1973 he joined the research team of F. Sherwood Rowland and they worked on the study of chemical properties of atoms with excess energy due to radioactivity.
They discovered that the chlorine in CFCs destroys ozone in the upper atmosphere.
In 1974 he, and F. Sherwood Rowland published a paper in Nature reporting the dangers of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to the ozone layer.
In September 1974 they held a press conference at the American Chemical Society to call for a ban on CFC but it wasn't until a 1976 report by the National Academy of Sciences that their research became widely accepted.
Eventually The Montreal Protocol was signed which mandated a worldwide ban on CFCs in aerosol cans and refrigerators.
On July 1, 2004 he joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego and the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Mexican Academy of Sciences.
In 1987 he was the Esselen Award of the American Chemical Society and in 1989 he received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Advancement and the United Nations Environmental Programme Global 500 Award.
On August 8, 2013 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom award and he is a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.


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