Born: Mexico City, Mexico
Molina is one of the world’s foremost authorities on
the effects of chemical pollutants on the earth’s protective
ozone layer. In 1995, he and two colleagues received the Nobel
Prize for Chemistry for their groundbreaking work in atmospheric
can be a scientist and still enjoy and participate in cultural
a child, Molina dreamed of becoming a professional violinist.
But he became fascinated with science after looking at amoebae
through a toy microscope, an interest his parents and his aunt,
a chemist, encouraged. At 11, Molina was sent to boarding school
in Switzerland so that he could learn German, an important
language for a chemist to know at that time.
graduate school, I decided to apply my research interests to
environmental issues. It's very rewarding to work with problems
that directly affect society.”