Hassan Rouhani Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.


Birth date: November 12, 1948
    Birth place: Sorkheh, Iran
    Birth name: Hassan Feridon
    Marriage: Sahebeh Arabi
    Children: Has four children
    Education: University of Tehran, B. A., 1972; Glasgow Caledonian University, M. Phil., 1995; Glasgow Caledonian University, Ph.D., 1999
    Religion: Shiite Muslim

    Other Facts

    Rouhani is a cleric. His religious title is Hojatoleslam, which is a middle rank in the religious hierarchy.
    Arrested many times in the 1960s and 1970s as a follower of Ayatollah Khomeini.
    Iranian media refers to Rouhani as the "diplomat sheik."


    1960 - Begins his religious studies at a seminary in Semnan province.
    1977 - Under the threat of arrest, leaves Iran and joins Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in exile in France.
    1980-2000 - After the overthrow of the Shah, Rouhani serves five terms in the National Assembly.
    1983-1988 - Member of the Supreme Defense Council.
    1985-1991 - Commander of the Iranian air defenses.
    1988-1989 - Deputy commander of Iran's Armed Forces.
    1989-1997 - National security adviser to the president.
    1989-2005 - Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.
    1989-present - Represents Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Iran's Supreme National Security Council.
    1991-present - Member of the country's Expediency Council.
    1992-2013 - President of the Center for Strategic Research.
    1999-present - Member of the Council of Experts, the group that chooses the Supreme Leader.
    2000-2005 - National security adviser to the president.
    2003-2005 - Iran's chief nuclear negotiator.
    June 14, 2013 - Wins the presidential election after securing more than 50% of the vote.
    September 19, 2013 - Writes a column in The Washington Post and calls for engagement and "a constructive approach" to issues such as Iran's nuclear weapons program.