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.
    September 25, 2013 - In stark contrast to his predecessor, Rouhani condemns the actions of the Nazis during the Holocaust.
    September 27, 2013 - Speaks with President Barack Obama by telephone, the first direct conversation between leaders of Iran and the United States since 1979.
    July 14, 2015 - After negotiators strike a nuclear deal in Vienna, Rouhani touts the benefits of the agreement on Iranian television, declaring, "Our prayers have come true." The deal calls for restrictions on uranium enrichment and research in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.