Some day in 1982 while standing in the cooling chamber, Laughlin receives a preprint of Strömer's and Tsui's discovery of the 'fractional quantum Hall effect'. Being inspired by Strömer's and Tsui's discovery, Robert Laughlin finds an explanation for the new effect, namely that the electron gas condenses to constitute a new type of quantum fluid.

In 1968 Robert Laughlin enters Berkeley University and gains a Bachelor in Physics four years later.

Right after his doctoral degree Robert Laughlin enters the Theory Group at Bell Laboratories where he works together with Horst Strömer and Daniel Tsui with whom he will share the Nobel Prize. When the three of them begin their studies of the quantum Hall effect, Robert Laughlin's contract expires.

Robert Laughlin weds Anita Laughlin whom he met at the MIT swimming pool the first time. They will have two sons.

"For their discovery of a new form of quantum fluid with fractionally charged excitations" Robert Laughlin receives, in company with Horst Strömer and Daniel Tsui, the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Concentrating on solid state physics, Robert Laughlin earns a PhD in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979.

Anita and Robert Laughlin and their two sons move to Stanford where Robert Laughlin becomes Associated Professor of Physics.

Robert Laughlin and his wife Anita move to California. There, Laughlin starts working for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as Research Physicist.

Roberg Laughlin is drafted into the army. For his military service he is send to Tübingen, Germany, where he attends the local University for a short period of time.

As the first of four children Robert Laughlin is born on the 1st of November 1950 in Visalia, California.

Since 1989 Robert Laughlin serves as a Professor of Physics at Stanford University.