Here's a look at the life of former British prime minister, Gordon Brown.
Personal: Birth date: February 20, 1951
Birth place: Glasgow, Scotland
Birth name: James Gordon Brown
Father: John Brown, a Church of Scotland minister
Mother: Jessie Elizabeth "Bunty" (Souter) Brown
Marriage: Sarah (Macaulay) Brown (August 3, 2000 - present)
Children: James Fraser, July 17, 2006; John, October 17, 2003; Jennifer Jane, (December 28, 2001 - January 7, 2002)
Education: Edinburgh University, MA, History, 1972; Edinburgh University, PhD, History, 1982
Religion: Church of Scotland (Presbyterian)
Other Facts: Is blind in his left eye and has lost most of the sight in his right eye, the result of being kicked in the head during a rugby game as a teenager.
Jennifer Jane died of a cerebral hemorrhage, 10 days after she was born prematurely.
Timeline: 1972-1975 - Youngest ever Rector at the University of Edinburgh.
1976-1980 - Lecturer/professor at Glasgow College of Technology.
1980-1983 - Journalist and current affairs editor at Scottish TV.
1983-1984 - Chairman of the Labour Party in Scotland.
1983-2005 - Member of Parliament (MP) representing Dunfermline East.
1987-1989 - Shadow (Opposition) Chief Secretary of the Treasury.
1989- 1992 - Shadow (Opposition) Spokesman for Trade and Industry.
1992-1997 - Shadow Chancellor of Britain.
1997-2007 - Chancellor of the Exchequer (Treasury), the branch of the British government responsible for collecting and managing the government's finances.
2005 - Is elected MP representing Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, towns in the Fife area of Scotland.
2006 - Brown's son James Fraser is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age four months.
May 11, 2007 - Launches his campaign to become prime minister, "Gordon Brown for Britain." Tony Blair officially endorses his candidacy.
May 16, 2007 - Receives 313 nominations from Labour MPs, guaranteeing that he will win leadership unopposed.