Robert Hofstadter and his family move to Stanford where he becomes Associated Professor of Physics at Stanford University. In the course of his studies he confutes the common thinking that protons, neutrons, and electrons are structureless particles. Hofstadter finds a way to determine the size and form of the proton and neutron and how they're charged in their core and surrounding. He teaches at Stanford University until 1985.
At the age of 75, Robert Hofstadter dies to due a heart attack at his home in Stanford.
Robert Hofstadter joins the faculty of Princeton University where he continues his former research on photoconductivity. Furthermore his work deals with infrared rays and crystal and scintillation counters.
Robert Hofstadter earns his PhD in 1938, the same year as his M.S. His dissertation is about the resonance-absorption of gamma radiation by atomic nucleotides.
Along with Rudolf Mössbauer, Robert Hofstadter receives the Nobel Prize for Physcis in 1961 for his investigations of the revelation of the unknown structure of protons and neutrons.
Robert Hofstadter is born in New York to his parents Louis Hofstadter and Henrietta Koenigsberg.
Robert Hofstadter attend his first Lindau Meeting in 1962, the 12th Lindau Meeting is dedicated to physics.
In the last years of war Robert Hofstadter works on autopilots for aircrafts and servo systems among other things at Norden Laboratory Corporation (now GlaxoSmithKline).
Holding a fellowship, Robert Hofstadter does his post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, dealing with photoconductivity in willemite crystals.
Returning to New York, Robert Hofstadter becomes an instructor in physics at the City College of New York.
Robert Hofstadter graduates with a B.S. degree magna summa cum laude in mathematics and physics.
In Princeton Robert Hofstadter discovers an effective scintillation counter: sodium iodide that is activated by thallium.
During World War II Robert Hofstadter shortly works as a physicist at the National Bureau of Standards. There he takes part in the development of the proximity fuse.
Robert Hofstadter marries Nancy Givan from Baltimore. They have three children.
Robert Hofstadter is director of the high-energy physics laboratory at Stanford.
With the backup of a Charles A. Coffin Foundation Fellowship, Robert Hofstadter receives his M.S. in 1938.