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As credit markets collapsed under the weight of an overinflated housing market, Bernanke became a chief architect of the rescue plan for the world's biggest economy, including the largest expansion of the Fed's balance sheet in its history.
strength of the recovery are highly uncertain."
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Date of Birth: 12/13/1953
Hometown: Dillon, S.C.
Education: B.A. in economics, Harvard University; Ph.D. in economics, MIT
Bernanke served two terms as a member of the Montgomery Township (N.J.) Board of Education.