José Mario Molina-Pasquel y Henríquez was born on March 19, 1943, in Mexico Metropolis to Roberto Molina Pasquel and Leonor Henríquez Molina. His father was a lawyer and decide who served as Mexican ambassador to Ethiopia, the Philippines and Australia. His mom was a homemaker.
He was fascinated by science from his youngest days, as he wrote in a memoir that appears on the Nobel site: “I nonetheless bear in mind my pleasure after I first glanced at paramecia and amoebae by way of a fairly primitive toy microscope.” He transformed a little-used rest room in his house right into a laboratory for his chemistry units, guided by an aunt, Esther Molina, who was a chemist.
His household, following their custom, despatched him overseas for his schooling, and at 11 he was in a boarding college in Switzerland, “on the idea that German was an essential language for a potential chemist to be taught.”
He determined that of his two passions, chemistry and the violin, science was what he would commit himself to, and in 1960 he enrolled within the chemical engineering program on the Nationwide Autonomous College of Mexico. After learning in Paris and Germany, he started graduate research on the College of California, Berkeley, in 1968. He obtained his doctorate in bodily chemistry there in 1972.
The expertise of learning at Berkeley was not simply essential to his growth as a scientist, he would recall; he arrived within the wake of the free-speech motion, and political consciousness was a part of on a regular basis life. He initially labored within the younger discipline of chemical lasers, however he discovered himself “dismayed” to seek out that some researchers at different establishments had been growing high-powered lasers to make use of as weapons.
“That was essential,” Felipe José Molina, Dr. Molina’s son and an assistant professor of drugs at Harvard Medical Faculty, stated in an interview. Because of Dr. Molina’s experiences at Berkeley, his son stated, he felt pushed to do work “that had a profit to society, fairly than simply pure analysis, or issues that would doubtlessly be dangerous.”