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Mario J. Molina


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Mario Molina is the President of the Mario Molina Center for Strategic Studies on Energy and Environment, located in Mexico City. Established in 2004, the center is a non-profit independent organisation, which works to find practical, realistic and in depth solutions to problems related to the protection of the environment, the use of energy and the prevention of climate change, in order to foster sustainable development. Molina is also a Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Prior to joining UCSD he was an Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and he held teaching and research positions at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the University of California, Irvine and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He was a co-author of the original article predicting the threat to the ozone layer from chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases, published in the British magazine Nature in 1974. More recently, Professor Molina has been involved with work on the chemistry of air pollution of the lower atmosphere, and with science-policy issues related to the climate change problem. Professor Molina serves on the President's Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (USA) and on several other advisory boards and panels. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine (both USA based), the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He has received more than thirty honorary degrees, as well as numerous awards for his scientific work including the Tyler Ecology and Energy Prize in 1983, the United Nations Environmental Programme Sasakawa Award in 1999, and the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Centro Mario Molina, Mexico