Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 and the one Mexican scientist to be honored with a Nobel, has died in his native Mexico Metropolis
MEXICO CITY — Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 and the one Mexican scientist to be honored with a Nobel, died Wednesday in his native Mexico Metropolis. He was 77 years outdated.
Molina’s faamily introduced his loss of life in a short assertion by way of the institute that carried his title. It didn’t give a reason behind loss of life.
He received the prize together with scientists Frank Sherwood Rowland of the US and Paul Crutzen of the Netherlands for his or her analysis into local weather change.
Molina and Rowland revealed a paper in 1974 that noticed the thinning of the ozone layer as a consequence of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, chemical substances utilized in a variety of merchandise.
Molina’s work contributed to the drafting of the primary worldwide treaty on the topic, the Montreal Protocol, which phased out using the chemical substances. Later, he centered on confronting air air pollution in main cities like his personal Mexico Metropolis and pushing for world actions to advertise sustainable growth.
One in every of his final public appearances was alongside Mexico Metropolis Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, additionally a scientist, in a video convention throughout which Molina mirrored on the coronavirus pandemic and the significance of carrying masks to keep away from transmission.
Solely two different Mexicans have been awarded Nobel Prizes: Alfonso García Robles obtained the Peace Prize in 1982 for his work on nuclear weapons negotiations and author Octavio Paz was awarded the prize for literature in 1990.
Molina died on the identical day this 12 months’s prize for chemistry was awarded.