Ahn Cheol-soo

Ahn Cheol-soo
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Chairman of the People's Party
In office
27 August 2017 – 13 February 2018
Preceded byPark Jie-won
Succeeded byPosition disestablished
In office
2 February 2016 – 29 June 2016
Serving with Chun Jung-bae
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPark Jie-won
Member of the National Assembly
In office
25 April 2013 – 15 April 2017
Preceded byRoh Hoe-chan
Succeeded byKim Seong-hwan (2018)
ConstituencySeoul Nowon C
Chairman of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy
In office
26 March 2014 – 31 July 2014
Serving with Kim Han-gil
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMoon Jae-in
Personal details
Born (1962-02-26) 26 February 1962 (age 57)
Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
Political partyBareunmirae Party (2018-)
Other political
People's Party (2016–2018)
NPAD (2014–15)
Spouse(s)Kim Mi-kyung
Children1 daughter
Alma materSeoul National University
University of Pennsylvania
Software entrepreneur
Known forV3 (antivirus software)
Military service
Allegiance South Korea
Branch/service Republic of Korea Navy
Years of service1992–1994
Rank대위.JPG Lieutenant (Korean: Daewi)
Ahn Cheol-soo
Revised RomanizationAn Cheol-su
McCune–ReischauerAn Ch'ŏlsu

Ahn Cheol-soo (Korean안철수 [an tɕʰʌl.s͈u]; born 26 February 1962) is a South Korean politician, physician, and software entrepreneur. A two-time former presidential election candidate in 2012 and 2017, Ahn is currently the Bareunmirae Party's candidate for the Seoul mayorship.[3]

He ran as an independent candidate for the presidential election in 2012, but withdrew a month before the election took place to support Moon Jae-in whom he ran against in 2017 as the People's Party nominee. He was a founding co-leader and the party leader of the People's Party until his party and Bareun Party merged as Bareunmirae Party in February 2018.

Prior to politics, Ahn founded AhnLab, Inc., an antivirus software company, in 1995. He was chairman of the board and Chief Learning Officer of AhnLab until September 2012, and remains the company's largest stakeholder. Prior to entering politics, Ahn served as dean of the Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology at Seoul National University until September 2012.

Early life and education

Ahn was born on 26 February 1962, in Miryang, South Korea, while his father was on military service there; he subsequently moved with his family to Busan, where he grew up.[4] Ahn was not an academic child but had number academic hobbies such as reading.[5]

He received his Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in physiology from Seoul National University between 1980 and 1991. He became the youngest chief of professors at Dankook University medical college at 27 years of age, marking his first career as a medical doctor.[6] Ahn met his wife whilst in university.[7]

Whilst working as a graduate student pursuing his MD, Ahn began to gain an interest in computer software as a hobby, in particular, antivirus software. Ahn soon began working on his own antivirus software after he was confronted with a virus that was mass-infecting computers in Korea. Ahn was soon infected with the same virus and reverse engineered the virus in an attempt to erase it from his disk drive which was successful. The program he wrote to help get rid of the virus was eventually called "Vaccine"[8] which Ahn distributed for free.

Other Languages
Deutsch: Ahn Cheol-soo
Ελληνικά: Αν Τσολ-σου
Esperanto: An Ĉol-su
français: Ahn Cheol-soo
한국어: 안철수
Malagasy: Ahn Cheol-soo
日本語: 安哲秀
русский: Ан Чхольсу
Simple English: Ahn Cheol-soo
中文: 安哲秀