Mario Molina: Google’s doodle celebrates Dr. Mario Molina’s 80th birthday | News from India

NEW DELHI: Google celebrated the 80th birthday of Dr Mario Molina Mexican chemist who pioneered the task of getting governments to unite to save the planet’s ozone layer, through a scribble.
Google remembered him as a co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and one of the researchers who exposed how chemicals deplete the Earth’s ozone shield, which is vital for protecting humans, plants and wildlife from harmful ultraviolet light.
Dr. Molina was born on this day in 1943 in Mexico City. As a child he was so passionate about science that he turned his bathroom into a makeshift laboratory. Nothing could compare to the joy of watching tiny organisms glide through his toy microscope.
Dr. Molina holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a master’s degree from the University University of Freiburg in Germany. After completing his studies, he moved to the United States to conduct postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and later at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In the early 1970s, Dr. Molina began researching how synthetic chemicals affected the Earth’s atmosphere. He was one of the first to discover that chlorofluorocarbons (a chemical found in air conditioners, aerosol sprays, and more) were breaking down ozone and causing ultraviolet radiation to reach the earth’s surface. He and his co-researchers published their findings in the journal Nature, which later won them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The groundbreaking research became the basis of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty that successfully banned the production of nearly 100 ozone-depleting chemicals. This international alliance is considered one of the most impactful environmental treaties ever signed, a precedent that demonstrates that governments can work together effectively to tackle climate change.
Dr. Molina is remembered for his important scientific breakthroughs that show that the planet’s ozone layer is on track to fully recover in the next few decades. THE Mario Molina Centera leading research institute in Mexico, continues its work to create a more sustainable world.


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