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Mario Molina

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Dates

March 19, 1943 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Molina, Mario (J.), 1943-

Additional Forms of Names

Henríquez, José Mario (Molina-Pasquel)

Molina, Mario, 1943-

Molina, Mario José

Molina-Pasquel Henríquez, José Mario

Pasquel Henríquez, José Mario (Molina)

Biography

Abstract

Mario J. Molina was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 alongside Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen, "for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone." Determined to use his knowledge of chemistry to benefit society rather than harm it, Molina’s research and theories regarding the use of freon and its effects on the ozone have served to slow atmospheric depletion. He has held positions at the University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Irvine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology, and University of California, San Diego.

Important Dates

March 19, 1943Birth, Mexico City (Mexico).

1965Obtained BSc degree, Chemical Engineering program, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City (Mexico).

1972Obtained PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1973Developed "CFC-ozone depletion theory" with Sherwood Rowland, Irvine (Calif.).

1973 – 1982Postdoctoral fellowship (1973-1975) and Assistant Professor (1975-1982), University of California, Irvine, Irvine (Calif.).

1982 – 1989Faculty, Molecular Physics and Chemistry Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1989 – 2004Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (Mass.).

1995Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen "for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone".

2005 – presentFaculty, University of California, San Diego.

2013Awarded U. S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Occupation

Environmental chemist.

Places

Birth

Mexico City (Mexico)

Undergraduate Education

Mexico City (Mexico)

Graduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Irvine (Calif.)

Pasadena (Calif.)

Cambridge (Mass.)

San Diego (Calif.)

Subjects

Environmental chemistry.

Ozone.

Relationships

People

Family

Alvarez, Guadalupe

Second wife.

Molina, Esther

Aunt and chemist.

Molina, Felipe

Son.

Molina, Luisa

First wife.

Advisors & Collaborators

Abbatt, Jonathan Paul Dilworth

Advised by Molina at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Crutzen, Paul J., 1933-

Shared 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Rowland "for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone."

Geiger, Franz M.

Advised by Molina at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Martin, Scot T.

Advised by Molina at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

McNeill, V. Faye

Advised by Molina at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Miziolek, Andrzej W., 1950-

Advised by Molina at University of California, Irvine.

Pimentel, George C.

Advisor at University of California, Berkeley.

Rowland, F. S.

Advisor at University of California, Irvine and shared 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Crutzen "for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone."

Spencer, Darrell

Advised by Molina at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Zhang, Renyi

Advised by Molina at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Additional

Brasseur, Guy

Cox, Tony (R. A.)

Farman, Joseph Charles

Harris, Neil R. P.

Solomon, Susan

Tuck, Adrian F.

Watson, R. T.

Institutions

Major Positions

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.)

Faculty, Molecular Physics and Chemistry Section.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemistry

Professor.

University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor.

University of California, San Diego. Department of Chemistry

Faculty.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Chemical Society

Honorary co-chair, Scholar Program.

Cambridge Seminar Group Session

National Institute of Standards and Technology (U.S.)

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Received BSc degree (1965).

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Chemistry

Received PhD (1972).

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

Oral history interview with Adrian F. Tuck, 2009 June 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Cambridge Seminar Group Session, 2009 March 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Guy Brasseur, 2009 June 25.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Joseph Farman, 1999 October 11 and 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Joseph Farman, 2009 March 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Neil R. P. Harris, 2009 March 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert T. Watson, 2009 March 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Susan Solomon, 5 September 1997.

Archives

National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

PO Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000, USA

Oral history interview with Tony Cox, 1999 October 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Tony Cox, 2009 March 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Stratospheric ozone depletion [videorecording]: a global problem /Mario J. Molina.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

Encyclopaedia Britannica - Mario Molina.

Mario Molina Nobel Prize biography.