The National Autonomous University of Mexico through its social networks reported this October 7 that Dr. Mario Molina, 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, has lost his life. He was 77 years old.
So far the causes of his death are unknown.
For its part, the Mario Molina Center issued a statement to report on the doctor’s death.
‘It is with deep pain that we communicate the death of Dr. José Mario Molina Pasquel Henríquez, which occurred today in Mexico City.
His wife, children and siblings appreciate the expressions of love and thoughts in these difficult times.
Dr. Mario Molina starts off as an exemplary Mexican who dedicated his life to researching and working to protect our environment. He will always be remembered with pride and gratitude, ‘the statement read.
Molina was born in Mexico City on March 19, 1943.
He attended his first years of education in Mexico and at age 11 he was sent to study in Switzerland.
When he returned to the country he studied at UNAM and graduated as a Chemical Engineer.
In 1972 he obtained a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of Berkeley.
On June 28, 1974, he published in the journal Nature an article co-written with F. Sherwood Rowland on the decomposition of the ozone layer generated by chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs (derived from saturated hydrocarbons obtained by replacing hydrogen atoms by atoms of fluorine and / or chlorine mainly).
The results of their postulates made that on October 11, 1995 both were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Paul Crutzen.
In this way, Molina became the first person born in Mexico to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Molina’s work led to the opening of other types of priorities in the work agendas of global powers, so that climate change, the state of health of the planet and its impact on human beings remain as issues of maximum impact.