Dutch chemist who received the 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for demonstrating,
in 1970, that chemical compounds of nitrogen oxide accelerate the destruction
of stratospheric ozone, which protects the Earth from the Sun's ultraviolet
radiation. He shared the honour with American chemists Mario Molina
and F. Sherwood Rowland, who discovered in 1974 that manufactured chlorofluorocarbon
gases also contribute to ozone depletion.
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