University-Wide Public Lecture: Mario Molina on "Air Pollution in Megacities: From Mexico City to Beijing"


Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:00pm to 6:00pm


Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA

Speaker: Mario Molina

Professor Mario Molina is a renowned atmospheric chemistry and environmental scientist, born in Mexico City. He earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for discovering how chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) deplete the ozone layer. He is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), President of the Mario Molina Center for Strategies Studies on Energy and the Environment in Mexico City, and was formerly an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He served on President Clinton’s and President Obama’s Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology. Professor Molina is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, and of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican.  Professor Molina has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and more than 40 honorary degrees, as well as numerous awards for his scientific work.


About Dr. Molina's Talk: 

In addition to researching the chemical properties of atmospheric pollution in the upper and lower atmosphere, Dr. Molina is also actively collaborating with colleagues across disciplines on the science and policy connected with air quality and global climate change issues. In this public lecture, Dr. Molina will address the challenges for air quality and public health posed by air pollution problems in megacities, using Mexico City and Beijing as examples.


Co-Sponsored by:

  • Harvard-China Project, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Harvard Global Institute

  • Harvard University Center for the Environment