Famous Mexican Scientists

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 1 Mario J. Molina

Mario J. Molina
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: March 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: October 7, 2020

Mario J. Molina was a Mexican chemist who played a key role in understanding and explaining the threat from chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases to the Earth's ozone layer, which earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995. Molina was the third Mexican-born Nobel laureate and the first Mexican-born person to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

 2 Ynes Mexia

Ynes Mexia
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: May 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 12, 1938

 3 Jacob Bekenstein

Jacob Bekenstein
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: May 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: August 16, 2015

Jacob Bekenstein was born to Polish Jew immigrant parents in Mexico. The Rothschild Prize-winning physicist later also gained both American and Israeli citizenships. He is best remembered for his discovery of thermodynamic properties in black holes. The Princeton alumnus and Technion professor was also quite a religious man.

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 4 Rodolfo Neri Vela

Rodolfo Neri Vela
Famous As: Scientist, Astronaut
Birthdate: February 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico

 5 Manuel de Mier y Terán

Manuel de Mier y Terán
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: February 18, 1789
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City
Died: July 3, 1832

 6 Ted Taylor

Ted Taylor
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: October 28, 2004

 7 George Rosenkranz

George Rosenkranz
Famous As: Mexican Scientist in the field of steroid chemistry, who used native Mexican plant sources as raw materials
Birthdate: August 20, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 23, 2019
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 8 Sanjaya Rajaram

Sanjaya Rajaram
Famous As: Scientist and winner of the 2014 World Food Prize
Birthdate: August 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: February 17, 2021

 9 Lucas Alamán

Lucas Alamán
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: October 18, 1792
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Spain
Died: June 2, 1853

A prominent Mexican conservative leader, Lucas Alamán was known as an honest politician, who wished to reform Mexican education, agriculture, and industry. Though trained as a mining engineer, he stepped into politics and served as the country’s foreign minister. He also penned various historical works and established Mexico’s National Museum.

 10 Marcos Moshinsky

Marcos Moshinsky
Famous As: Mexican physicist of Ukrainian-Jewish origin whose work in the field of elementary particles
Birthdate: April 20, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: April 1, 2009

 11 Julia Carabias Lillo

Julia Carabias Lillo
Famous As: Ecologist
Birthdate: August 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico