Henry Kissinger

United States Secretaries of State + National Security Advisor

Heinz Alfred "Henry" Kissinger is a German-born American writer, political scientist, diplomat, and businessman. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, he served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. After his term, his opinion was still sought by many subsequent presidents and many world leaders. He is also a war criminal.… Read More

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1923 Birth Kissinger was born Heinz Alfred Kissinger in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany, in 1923 during the Weimar Republic, to a family of German Jews. … Read More


1938 15 Years Old In 1938, fleeing Nazi persecution, his family moved to London, England, before arriving in New York on September 5. … Read More


1943 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Following high school, Kissinger enrolled in the City College of New York, studying accounting. He excelled academically as a part-time student, continuing to work while enrolled. His studies were interrupted in early 1943, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
1945 - 1950 3 More Events
1951 28 Years Old He received his MA and PhD degrees at Harvard University in 1951 and 1954, respectively.
1952 29 Years Old In 1952, while still studying at Harvard, he served as a consultant to the director of the Psychological Strategy Board. … Read More


1955 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1955, he was a consultant to the National Security Council's Operations Coordinating Board.
1956 33 Years Old From 1956 to 1958 he worked for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as director of its Special Studies Project.
1958 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Kissinger remained at Harvard as a member of the faculty in the Department of Government and, with Robert R. Bowie, co-founded the Center for International Affairs in 1958.
1960 37 Years Old Keen to have a greater influence on U.S. foreign policy, Kissinger became an advisor to Nelson Rockefeller and supported his bid for the Republican nomination for president in 1960, 1964, and 1968.


1964 41 Years Old Kissinger married Ann Fleischer, with whom he had two children, Elizabeth and David. They divorced in 1964. … Read More
1968 45 Years Old 1 More Event
After Richard Nixon won the presidency in 1968, he made Kissinger National Security Advisor. … Read More
1969 - 1970 2 More Events
1971 48 Years Old He made two trips to the People's Republic of China in July and October 1971 (the first of which was made in secret) to confer with Premier Zhou Enlai, then in charge of Chinese foreign policy. … Read More
1972 49 Years Old His trips paved the way for the groundbreaking 1972 summit between Nixon, Zhou, and Communist Party of China Chairman Mao Zedong, as well as the formalization of relations between the two countries, ending 23 years of diplomatic isolation and mutual hostility. … Read More


…  For his actions negotiating the ceasefire in Vietnam (though never realized), Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest. … Read More
…  In an August 1974 edition of the New York Times, it was revealed that Kissinger and State Department were informed in advance οf the impending coup by the Greek junta in Cyprus. … Read More
1975 52 Years Old …  In December 1975, Suharto discussed the invasion plans during a meeting with Kissinger and President Ford in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. … Read More
In 1976, Orlando Letelier, a Chilean opponent of the Pinochet regime, was assassinated in Washington, D.C. with a car bomb. … Read More
1977 54 Years Old Shortly after Kissinger left office in 1977, he was offered an endowed chair at Columbia University. … Read More
1978 55 Years Old …  The peace was finalized in 1978 when U.S. President Jimmy Carter mediated the Camp David Accords, during which Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula in exchange for an Egyptian peace agreement that included the recognition of the state of Israel.
1979 56 Years Old While Kissinger's diplomacy led to economic and cultural exchanges between the two sides and the establishment of Liaison Offices in the Chinese and American capitals, with serious implications for Indochinese matters, full normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China would not occur until 1979, because the Watergate scandal overshadowed the latter years of the Nixon presidency and because the United States continued to recognize the government of Taiwan. … Read More
1982 59 Years Old In 1982, with the help of a loan from the international banking firm of E.M. Warburg, Pincus and Company, Kissinger founded a consulting firm, Kissinger Associates, and is a partner in affiliate Kissinger McLarty Associates with Mack McLarty, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. … Read More


1995 - 2000 3 More Events
Kissinger published lengthy telephone transcripts from this period in the 2002 book Crisis.
2005 - 2006 3 More Events
In an April 3, 2008, interview with Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution, Kissinger reiterated that even though he supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq he thought that the George W. Bush administration rested too much of its case for war on Saddam's supposed weapons of mass destruction. … Read More
2011 88 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, Kissinger published On China, chronicling the evolution of Sino-American relations and laying out the challenges to a partnership of 'genuine strategic trust' between the U.S. and China. … Read More
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