Photo: Mario Molina (CAICE)
Mexican scientist Mario Molina, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was decorated with the Knight medal of the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Hollande in recognition of his services to humanity.
The induction ceremony took place at Club France in the Mexican capital, where Hollande arrived Thursday for an official visit to the Aztec nation.
Molina said that a commitment to preserving the environment should be shared by all nations, and offered his full collaboration in finally reaching an international accord based on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“Seeing countries like France and Mexico working together makes me optimistic that we’ll be able to continue making progress and eventually solve the problem,” the scientist said.
“This is one of the most important representatives of the scientific world for the contributions he has made to all humanity,” Hollande said of Molina.
Molina, together with Dutchman Paul Crutzen and America’s Sherwood Rowland, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his contributions to determining the threat of chlorofluorocarbons in the Earth’s ozone layer.