This collection contains the papers of
former Stanford professor and Nobel Prize winning physicist Robert Hofstadter. Included are
lab notebooks and research data; lecture notes and teaching materials; writings, drafts, and
reprints; grant proposals; incoming and outgoing correspondence; travel and conference
papers; legal papers; biographical and personal materials;clippings; photographs; and a
small amount of audiovisual material. The papers cover a wide swath of Hofstadter's career,
including his student and postgraduate work at Princeton University; wartime positions at
The United States National Bureau of Standards and Norden Laboratory; Stanford research
including electron scattering and coronary angiography; and his collaboration with NASA
personnel on the Energetic Gamma-Ray Experiment Telescope (EGRET).
Robert (Rubvin) Hofstadter was born in New York City, on February 5, 1915. He was one of
four children of Polish immigrants, Louis and Henrietta (Koenigsberg) Hofstadter. Hofstadter
was educated in New York City and attended the City College of New York (CCNY) receiving his
B.S. degree magna cum laude.
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be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special
Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright
owner, heir(s) or assigns. See:
Letters of recommendation in Accession 1995-014 and Accession 2008-003 are restricted.
Otherwise the collection is open for research. The collection is stored off site; materials
must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use.