Héctor Mayagoitia Domínguez (7 January 1923 – 4 October 2023) was a prominent figure in Mexican history, known for his contributions to both the fields of science and politics. With a career that spanned several decades, he made lasting impacts on the nation.

Early Life and Education

Héctor Mayagoitia Domínguez was born in Victoria de Durango, Durango, on 7 January 1923. He embarked on a journey that combined his passion for science and his dedication to serving his country.

Political Career

In 1974, Domínguez’s political career took off when he was nominated as the candidate for Governor of Durango by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He won the election and held the position for five years, serving as the Governor of Durango until 1979. Notably, less than a year before completing his term as governor, he received a significant appointment that would alter the course of his career.

In 1978, Héctor Mayagoitia Domínguez was chosen to become the Director of the National Polytechnic Institute (Instituto Politécnico Nacional or IPN). This appointment reflected his commitment to education and scientific advancement in Mexico.

His dedication to public service extended further when, in 1988, he was elected as a Senator representing Durango. This role allowed him to contribute to the legislative process and advocate for the interests of his constituents on a national level.

Contributions to Science

Domínguez’s impact on science and conservation in Mexico was profound. He played a pioneering role in the establishment of the country’s first biosphere reserves. His dedication to nature conservation earned him recognition, including the Commission for Protected Areas of Mexico (CONANP) Award for Nature Conservation.


Héctor Mayagoitia Domínguez celebrated his 100th birthday in January 2023, a testament to his long and fulfilling life dedicated to the betterment of Mexico. His contributions to both science and politics left an indelible mark on the nation.

On 4 October 2023, Mexico mourned the passing of this distinguished figure. While he may no longer be with us, his legacy continues to inspire and shape the future of Mexico, reminding us of the significant impact that one person can have on a nation’s development and progress.