Mario J Molina

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist

In 1995, Mario Molina received the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work in atmospheric chemistry and the effect of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on the depletion of the ozone layer. He shared the Nobel Prize with F. Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen. This was the first Nobel Prize awarded for research into the impact of man-made objects on the environment. The discoveries led to an international environmental treaty, which bans the production of industrial chemicals that reduce the ozone layer. He was named one of the top 20 His-panics in Technology, 1998. He is one of the world's most knowledgeable experts on pollution and the effects of chemical pollution on the environment.

Presently, he is a Professor of Environmental Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to Dr. Molina, " Although I no longer spend much time in the laboratory, I very much enjoy working with most graduate and postdoctoral students, who provide me with invaluable intellectual stimulus. I have also benefited from teaching; as I try to explain my views to students with critical and open minds, I find myself continually being challenged to go back and rethink ideas. I now see teaching and research as complementary, mutually reinforcing activities"

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