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Mario Molina

"Scientists can depict the problems that will affect the environment base on available evidence, but their solution is not the responsability of scientists but of society as a whole."

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He holds a Chemical Engineer degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a postgraduate degree from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a pioneer and one of the main scientists in the world dedicated to atmospheric chemistry. He was co-author, with Frank Sherwood Rowland, of the 1974 original article predicting the depletion of the ozone layer as a direct consequence of the emissions of certain industrial gases, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), earning them the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Likewise, his research and publications on the subject lead to the United Nations Montreal Protocol, the first international treaty that has faced with effectiveness an environmental problem of global scale and anthropogenic origin.

Molina is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine in the United States and for eight years, he was one of the 21 scientists that served on President Barack Obama´s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He also previously served on President Bill Clinton´s PCAST.

Currently, he is a Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, one of the leading research institutions on phenomenon’s associated with climate change. In Mexico he presides, since 2005, a Center that carries his name and conducts research and the promotion of public policies. The Center focuses on strategic studies on energy and environment, particularly in the field of climate change and air quality.

Recently, Professor Molina has dedicated a great part of his work to science-policy issues related to the climate change problem and has promoted global actions in favor of sustainable development inclusive of vigorous economic growth.

Participation in CDI:

  • 2010
  • 2017

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