1934 - Born on April 8th in Tabriz, Iran. Iranian-born educator and historian. 1956 - He entered Stanford University, where he majored in history and the humanities, graduating with honors. 1969 - He received the Danforth Foundation’s E.H. Harbison Distinguished Teaching Award. 1974 - He was founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. 1978 - The provost of University of Pennsylvania. 1981 - For eight years, Gregorian served as a president of the New York Public Library, an institution with a network of four research libraries and eighty-three circulating libraries. 1986 - Gregorian was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. 1989 - The president of Brown University. - Awarded with the American Academy of the Institute of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Service to the Arts. 1997 - Vartan Gregorian is the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grant-making institution founded by Andrew Carnegie. 2004 - Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush.
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