Here’s a look at the life of former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
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
Army, 1943-1949, Captain
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.
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.
1961-1962– Consultant, 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.
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.