(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy.
Personal: Birth date: August 9, 1939
Birthplace: Scandiano, Italy
Marriage: Flavia Franzoni Prodi (1969-present)
Children: Giorgio and Antonio
Education: Catholic University in Milan, Law, 1961; Studied at the London School of Economics
Other Facts: Has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford.
Timeline: 1963-1999 - Works at the University of Bologna.
1974-1978 - Chairman of the publishing house Società Editrice Il Mulino.
November 1978-March 1979 - Serves as Italy's minister of industry.
1981 - Founds Nomisma, an economic research institute.
November 1982-October 1989 - Serves as president of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction.
1993-1994 - Returns to position as president of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction.
1996-1998 - Prime minister of Italy.
1999 - 2004 - President of the European Commission.
2006 - Again, elected prime minister of Italy.
January 2008 - Prodi loses a confidence vote in the Italian Senate and resigns.
February 2009 - Is named to a five-year professor-at-large position at Brown University.
October 9, 2012 - Is named United Nation's special envoy for the Sahel, an area of northern Africa between the Sahara Desert and the Sudanian savanna, which includes parts of 13 countries.
April 2013 - Prodi runs for the Italian presidency and loses.
May 1, 2014 - UN announces Prodi's assignment as special envoy for the Sahel complete as of January 31, 2014 and that Hiroute Guebre Sellassie of Ethiopia is the new special envoy.