(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
Personal: Birth date: March 6, 1926
Birth place: New York, New York
Birth name: Alan Greenspan
Father: Herbert Greenspan, a stockbroker
Mother: Rose (Goldsmith) Greenspan
Marriages: Andrea Mitchell (1997-present); Joan Mitchell (1952-1953, annulled)
Education: New York University, B.S., 1948; New York University, M.A., 1950; New York University, Ph.D., 1977
Other Facts: Studied music at Juilliard and toured the country playing tenor sax and clarinet with The Henry Jerome Orchestra.
Was a close friend of writer Ayn Rand.
Timeline: 1948-1953 - Works at the National Industrial Conference Board.
1953 - Opens economic consulting firm Townsend-Greenspan & Co. with William Townsend.
1968 - Volunteers for the Nixon presidential campaign.
1974-1977 - Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
1977-1987 -After Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as president, Greenspan returns to Townsend-Greenspan & Co.
1981-1983 -Chairman of the National Commission on Social Security Reform.
June 2, 1987 -Is nominated to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve by President Ronald Reagan.
July 31, 1987 -Townsend-Greenspan & Co. formally closes.
August 11, 1987 - Is sworn in as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
September 26, 2002 - Receives the honorary title Knight of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II.
November 9, 2005 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
January 31, 2006 - Retires as Federal Reserve chairman.
2006 - Opens consulting firm, Greenspan Associates.
September 17, 2007 - Greenspan's book, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World," is released.