Mario Molina, Nobel Laureate Who Showed Threat To Ozone Layer, Dies At 77

“Mario Molina, who shared a Nobel Prize in chemistry for demonstrating the threat to the ozone layer posed by CFCs, chemical compounds often found in refrigerants and hair sprays and whose use was later curtailed by a landmark international accord, died Oct. 7 at his home in Mexico City. He was 77.

The cause was a heart attack, said Lorena Gonzalez, a spokeswoman at the Centro Mario Molina, a nonprofit environmental organization Dr. Molina founded in Mexico City.

Dr. Molina, a Mexican-born U.S. citizen, had a newly minted PhD from the University of California at Berkeley when he joined the laboratory of F. Sherwood Rowland at the University of California at Irvine in 1973 as a postdoctoral fellow.”

Emily Langer reports for the Washington Post October 8, 2020.