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Do you know the Nobel Laureates among Hispanic Americans?

Posted on 04/22/2011 @ 03:17 PM

In every step of America’s scientific and technological advancements, Latinos have helped guide the way. Latinos have contributed much in the fields of medicine and science, making discoveries that have generated new methods to understand the scientific phenomena of the natural world.

In 1959, Dr. Severo Ochoa won the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for his discovery of RNA (ribonucleic acid), one of the chemical building blocks of life.

Severo Ochoa

Severo Ochoa

In 1968, Luis Alvarez won the Nobel Prize for his work in subatomic particles. As a professor at UC Berkeley, he helped develop microwave beacons and a new theory on how the dinosaurs became extinct.

Luis Alvarez

Luis Alvarez

In 1995, Mario Molina won the Nobel Prize for chemistry research that helped the world create a solution for the threat that chlorofluorocarbons pose to the earth’s protective ozone layer.

Mario Molina

Mario Molina

To learn more about these Nobel Laureates visit the official website of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Severo Ochoa

Luis Alvarez

Mario Molina

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