Hispanic Heritage Month Feature: Mario J. Molina
I took the time to dig into the ‘science’ part of STEM during my Hispanic Heritage Month research of of Latino contributions in STEM. This week I was given the opportunity to learn about Mario José Molina. What hit home for me is Molina’s dedication to scientific research to aid in global and humanitarian efforts. He specifically highlights wanting to solve problems that are not bound by countries or borders. I hope you enjoy this little nugget of education about an amazing Mexican American chemist who has made the world a better place.
‘I am proud to have studied in Mexico”, stated Mario J. Molina (Molina) during a 1995 phone interview with La Jornada. Born in Mexico City, Molina described his work as solving problems that held no borders and were of global interest. This is especially true, as Molina went on to make the critical scientific discoveries of the Antarctic onzone hole and revealing the threat of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases in the Earth’s ozone. Molina along with fellow chemist F. Sherwood Rowland (Rowland) started a late 20th century movement in limiting widespread use of CFC gases and industrial manufactured gases were depleting the ozone layer. In 1995, Molina, Rowland and Paul Crutzen were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discoveries and research.
Science surrounded Molina as a child, and its noted he looked up to his aunt who was a chemist. As a child he built a laboratory in his bathroom where he conducted experiments with his aunt. He went on to study in Mexico, West Germany, and to later get a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of California.
Molina has held positions at the University of California, Irvine, Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In 2013, Molina was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.
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