Dr. Robert Hofstadter, New York-born Jewish scientist, was today awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in physics to be shared with Dr. Rudolf Mossbauer of Germany. Dr. Hofstadter, Professor of Physics at Stanford University, was named for the award in Stockholm this morning for his work in Nuclear Physics.
Born in New York City, Dr. Hofstadter was educated at the College of the City of New York where he later was an instructor in physics. He also served as an assistant professor of physics at Princeton University, where he earned his advanced degrees. He joined the staff of Stanford University in 1950 and became professor of physics in 1954. In 1959, Dr. Hofstadter was named California’s “scientist of the year.”
Dr. Hofstadter was cited for his work in determining the most precise measurement of the structure of the neutron and proton. He is 46 years old, married, and the father of three children.
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