Paul Dundes Wolfowitz was born on December 22, 1943, in Ithaca, New York to
Jacob and Lillian Wolfowitz. Paul Wolfowitz attended Cornell University and received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry in 1965. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Chicago, where he earned a doctorate in political science in 1972. During this period, Paul Wolfowitz married Claire Selgin, with whom he had two daughters and one son.