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Guadalupe Victoria ImagesGuadalupe Victoria: Born on September 29, 1786, Guadalupe Victoria was the first President of Mexico, in office from 1824 to 1829. He was a republican who fought for the overthrow of Emperor Iturbide. On accomplishing the establishment of an independent Mexico, he became Mexico's first President. During his tenure, he played a vital role in eradication of slavery and founding of the Military Academy. His name bore a symbolic significance wherein ‘Victoria’ meant victory and ‘Guadalupe’ was a symbol of gratitude towards and protection of what was known as 'Our Lady of Guadalupe'. The year 1843 witnessed the sad demise of this revolutionary. Guadalupe Victoria is held in high regard as the national hero of Mexico.

Octavio Paz ImagesOctavio Paz: Born on March 31, 1914, Octavio Paz was a Mexican writer, poet and diplomat. He was brought up by his mother, his aunt and his paternal grandfather. Paz was introduced to literature during his childhood through his grandfather's library. The works of some of the great European poets and Spanish writers influences Paz's writings. During his teen years, he published two collections of his poems. In 1937, he discontinued his law studies to work in a school for sons of peasants and workers in Merida. There he could pursue poetry and literary works. He was the winner of a number of awards as also the very prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature. 'El Laberinto da la Soledad’, a study of the Mexican identity and thought and his poetic works like 'Libertad de Pisis' and 'Piedra da sol' are some of his most famous contributions to Mexican literature. He died in 1998, aged 84. He remains being one of the well-noted figures in literature.

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Alfonso Garcia Robles: Born on March 20, 1911, Robles was a famous Mexican diplomat and politician. He was a student of the National Autonomous University of Mexico after which, he joined the foreign services of his country. He was a delegate to the San Francisco Conference in 1945, which established the United Nations. He served as the ambassador to Brazil for two years from 1962 and was later appointed as the state secretary to the ministry of foreign affairs. He represented Mexico in the United Nations from 1971 to 1975 and served as foreign minister in the following year. He was later the permanent representative of Mexico to the Committee on Disarmament. Alfonso Garcia Robles, together with Alva Myrdal of Sweden, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982. His death in 1991 meant the loss of one of the efficient diplomats of Mexico.

Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena: Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena IsBorn in Guadalajara in 1917, Guillermo moved to Mexico City with his family, when he was 2 years old. His flair for science was evident in his small creations at a very young age. He used to make electrically propelled toys and when he was only 12, he built his first Amateur radio. In 1930, he graduated from the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. He built a telescope and became a member of the Astronomical Society of Mexico. He was also holder of a radio license. He devised a mechanism of the transmission and reception of colored pictures over the wire. He obtained a patent for this invention in 1942. He was the first one to introduce Mexico to color television. He died in a car accident in Puebla in 1965. He has a foundation that benefits Mexican inventors, named in his honor. He is remembered for his work that gave a new dimension to television.

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Mario J. Molina:
Born on March 19, 1943, son of Roberto Molina Pasquel, a lawyer and diplomat and Leonor Henriquez de Molina, Mario was one of the pioneering precursors to the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole. He graduated in chemical engineering, earned a master's from the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, West Germany and a doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of California. His research in dangers to the ozone layer led to the moves towards the worldwide ban on the CFC-emitting aerosol cans and refrigerators. For his contribution to science, he was honored the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Today he is a member of a number of science organizations and 18 honorary degrees have been conferred on him. Mario Molina is one of those famous Mexicans who revolutionized the studies on the Earth's ozone layer.

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