Mario Molina moves to Irvine to start a postdoctoral fellowship at the local section of the University of California. There, he publishes, with Sherwood Rowland, a paper on the threat of CFCs to the ozone layer. The paper is published by the journal “Nature” on June 28 1974 and is met with initial indifference from the academic community, until c. 1976.

Mario Molina receives the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Advancement.

Mario Molina receive the Willard Gibbs Medal from the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society.

Mario Molina returns to the academic life, and joins the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he researches on global atmospheric chemistry issues. At the MIT, Molina holds a joint appointment in the Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and the Department of Chemistry.

Mario Molina joins the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Mario Molina obtains his bachelor in Chemical Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Mario Molina completes his Master degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Freiburg, researching in kinetics of polymerizations.

Mario Molina creates a center for strategic studies in energy and environment in Mexico City.

1973 Mario Molina marries his first wife, Luisa Tan Molina, with whom he has a son, Felipe, in 1977.

Mario Molina receives the American Chemical Society Prize for Creative Advances in Environment, Technology and Science.

Mario Molina is born in Mexico City. His father, Roberto Molina Pasquel, is a lawyer and diplomat who has been Ambassador in Ethiopia, Australia, and the Philippines. His mother Leonor Henríquez de Molina. His aunt, Esther Molina, is chemist who encourages her nephew to do his first experiments.

Mario Molina wins the Esselen Award of the Northeast section of the American Chemical Society.

Mario Molina decides to move to a non-academic position and joins the Molecular Physics and Chemistry Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A few years later, after Joseph Farman discovers the seasonal depletion of ozone over Antarctica, Molina’s lab group investigates the peculiar chemistry promoted by polar stratospheric clouds.

Mario Molina marries his second wife, Guadalupe Alvarez.

Mario Molina joins the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego.

Mario Molina completes his doctoral studies in physical chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. There, he joins the research group of Professor George C. Pimentel, in order to study molecular dynamics using chemical lasers. After graduation, Mario Molina remains at Berkeley for a year to continue his research on chemical dynamics.

Mario Molina is appointed as a member of the faculty at Irvine, though he continues to work with Rowland as an assistant professor. By that time, he sets up an independent program to investigate chemical and spectroscopic properties of compounds of atmospheric importance, such as hypochlorous acid or chlorine nitrite.

Mario Molina receives from USA President Barack Obama the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Mario Molina, along with Paul J. Crutzen and F. Sherwood Rowland, receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role elucidating the threat of chlorofluorocarbon gases to Earth’s ozone layer.

Mario Molina receives the United Nations Environmental Programme Global 500 Award.

Mario Molina wins the Newcomb-Cleveland from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.