Bestowing UC San Diego’s Highest Honor

“You have changed the world. You have changed it for us, our children, and our grandchildren.” – Chancellor Khosla to Mario Molina

From left to right: Pradeep K. Khosla, Kim Prather, Mario Molina and Ralph Cicerone

Mario Molina, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the newest recipient of the UC San Diego Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the university given in recognition of significant accomplishments in public life.  Chancellor Khosla presented the medal to Molina after a day-long symposium was held in his honor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Molina, a Nobel Laureate, is being recognized by the university for his work and discoveries, illuminating the threat to the Earth’s ozone layer, that enabled our society to avoid environmental disaster; for his mentorship and dedication to his students; and for his collaboration and knowledge that has helped to shape policies to preserve our planet. The UC San Diego Medal has only been presented 10 other times, mostly to visiting heads of state. Read more about Mario Molina and the awarding of the medal here.