Henry Kissinger Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the life of former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Birth place: Furth, Germany
Birth name: Heinz Alfred Kissinger
    Father: Louis Kissinger, a teacher
    Mother: Paula (Stern) Kissinger
    Marriages: Nancy (Maginnes) Kissinger (March 30, 1974-present); Ann Fleischer (1949-1964, divorced)
    Children: with Ann Fleischer: Elizabeth, David
    Education: Harvard University, B.A., 1950; M.A., 1952; Ph.D., 1954
    Military: US Army, 1943-1949, Captain
    Other Facts:
    Kissinger’s name was changed to Henry when his family immigrated to the United States to escape the Nazis.
    Attended high school at night while working at a factory during the day.
    First person to serve as both national security adviser and secretary of state.
    1938 The Kissinger family immigrates to the United States, settling in New York.
    June 19, 1943 Becomes a US citizen.
    1954-1971 Harvard University faculty member.
    1957-1960 Associate Director of Harvard’s Center for International Affairs.
    1956-1960 Consultant, Weapons Systems Evaluation Group of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    1961-1962Consultant, National Security Council.
    1961-1968 Consultant, US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
    1965-1968 Consultant, US Department of State.
    1969-1974 Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs for President Nixon.
    1969 Helps initiate the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) with the Soviet Union.
    1972 Kissinger and President Nixon are named Time Magazine’s Men of the Year.
    September 23, 1973-January 20, 1977 –Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
    1973 –Wins the Nobel Peace Prize, with Le Duc Tho, for negotiating the end of the Vietnam War. Le Duc Tho declines the award.
    1974-1975 Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs for President Ford.
    1979 – The first volume of his memoir, “White House Years,” is published.
    1982 Opens international consulting firm Kissinger Associates, Inc.
    1982 Has triple coronary bypass surgery.
    1982 – The second volume of his memoir, “Years of Upheaval,” is published.
    1999 – The third volume of his memoir, “Years of Renewal,” is published.
    December 13, 2002 Resigns as chairman of the 9-11 Commission, citing controversy over possible conflicts of interest with clients of his consulting firm.
    March 2005 Undergoes an angioplasty procedure.
      July 15, 2014 – Undergoes heart surgery to replace an aortic valve.

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