Henry Kissinger

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Henry Alfred Kissinger was Secretary of State of the U.S. from 1973 to 1977, continuing to hold the position of Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs which he first assumed in 1969 until 1975. He is the founder and chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm.[1]

Academic career

Henry Kissinger received his B.A. degree summa cum laude at Harvard College in 1950, where he studied under William Yandell Elliott.[2] He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University in 1952 and 1954, respectively. In 1952, while still at Harvard, he served as a consultant to the Director of the Psychological Strategy Board.[3] His doctoral dissertation was titled "Peace, Legitimacy, and the Equilibrium (A Study of the Statesmanship of Castlereagh and Metternich)."

Kissinger remained at Harvard as a member of the faculty in the Department of Government and at the Center for International Affairs. He became Associate Director of the latter in 1957. In 1955, he was a consultant to the National Security Council's Operations Coordinating Board.[3] During 1955 and 1956, he was also Study Director in Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He released his book Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy the following year.[4] From 1956 to 1958 he worked for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as director of its Special Studies Project.[3] He was Director of the Harvard Defense Studies Program between 1958 and 1971. He was also Director of the Harvard International Seminar between 1951 and 1971. Outside of academia, he served as a consultant to several government agencies, including the Operations Research Office, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the Department of State, and the Rand Corporation, a think-tank.[3]




  1. Henry Kissinger, Biography, Nobelprize.org, Accessed 12-May-2009
  2. Draper, Theodore,Little Heinz And Big Henry New York Times September 6, 1992
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Henry Kissinger - Biography.  nobelprize.org.  Retrieved 2006-12-30.
  4. Nuclear weapons and foreign policy.  Harper & Brothers
  5. Henry Kissinger, Biography, Nobelprize.org, Accessed 12-May-2009