December 5th, 2017
The Governor of California Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown were the hosts of the 11th class of legendary Californians inducted into the California Hall of Fame; a ceremony that took place on Tuesday December 5 at the California Museum in Sacramento.
Dr. Mario Molina was one of the nine inductees which included Lucille Ball, Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Mabel McKay, Jim Plunkett, Gary Snyder, Steven Spielberg, Michael Tillson Thomas and Warren Winiarski.
Director Steven Spielberg was in charge of presenting Dr. Molina, and stated: ““Rocket science probably would have been too easy for Mario Molina, he combined his interest in science with his love for classical music and playing the violin. In any case, we should all be thankful that his interest did not lie in escaping our atmosphere, but in healing it. Dr. Molina’s scientific breakthroughs led to a political breakthrough of monumental import for our past and our future.”
As part of the homage, Dr. Molina received the “Spirit of California” Medal and will have an annual
exhibition at the California Museum, which includes several personal artifacts such as photographs, a replica of the Nobel Prize Award and a watercolor painting, in addition to the cover of the June 1974 Nature magazine where Prof. Molina first published his work leading him to be awarded the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 1995.
On this occasion, Dr. Molina specially thanked his good friend, Governor “Jerry” Brown and highlighted his strong bonds throughout his life with the state of California and its various academic institutions.
The California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor legendary people who embody California’s innovative spirit and have made their mark on history.