Mario J. Molina

Molina in 2011

Mario J. Molina (March 19, 1943 – October 7, 2020) was a Mexican chemist who won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995. This was because, in the 1970s, he was one of the scientists who discovered that there was a hole in the ozone layer in the Earth's atmosphere. He is the first Mexican to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Molina was one of 20 Nobel Laureates[1] who signed the "Stockholm memorandum" at the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability in Stockholm, Sweden on 18 May 2011.[2] Molina led a committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science which released a stark report on global warming March 2014.[3]

Molina was born in Mexico City. He studied at National Autonomous University of Mexico, University of Freiburg and at the University of California, Berkeley. Molina died in Mexico City from a heart attack on October 7, 2020 at the age of 77.[4][5]

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  1. Such as Peter Agre, Nadine Gordimer, Yuan T. Lee, Elinor Ostrom, Werner Arber, David Gross, James Mirrlees, Carlo Rubbia, Paul J. Crutzen, Amartya Sen, Peter Doherty (scientist), Walter Kohn, Douglass North, John Sulston, Murray Gell-Mann, Harold Kroto, Douglas Osheroff, Muhammad Yunus
  2. "Stockholm Memorandum," Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, 2011
  3. Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate March 18, 2014 NYT
  4. Redacción (October 7, 2020) (in es). Muere Mario Molina, ganador del Premio Nobel (Mario Molina, Nobel Prize 1995 winner, dies). 
  5. Schwartz, John (13 October 2020). "Mario Molina, 77, Dies; Sounded an Alarm on the Ozone Layer". New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2021.