Bachelor, City College of New York, 1955. Certified, Institut d'Art et d'Archeologie-U. Paris, 1938. Certified, Free University, Brussels, 1939.
Master of Arts, Institute Fine Arts-New York University, 1940. Doctor of Philosophy, Institute Fine Arts-New York University, 1949. Doctor of Humanities honorary, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1979.
He was the first Avalon Professor of the Humanities a New York University (New York University). He wrote and edited several books and published numerous articles on the art, architecture and historiography of the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance period. Bober"s began his study of art history at the City University of New New York
In 1936, he was among the first group of students to enroll in the Fine Arts Graduate Center at New York University. This would later be known as New York University Institute of Fine Arts.
Bober wrote his Master of Arts thesis under Erwin Panofsky (on the Brussels Apocalypse) in 1939. He received his Doctor of Philosophy, from New York University in 1949, writing his dissertation on medieval books of hours.
The 1950-1951 year was spent as a Senior Research Fellow at the Warburg Institute. Then in 1954 he returned to New York University as Avalon professor at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York University.
He was a founding member and first secretary (1956-1959) of the International Center for Medieval Art, for which he also helped launch Gesta, its scholarly organization
During these years Bober published several facsimile editions of medieval manuscripts for Hans P. Kraus. Bober taught at Harvard University 1951-1954. In 1954 he returned to New York, joining the New York University faculty.
Bober was professor of medieval art at the New York University"s Institute of Fine Arts (IFA/New York University) from 1954 until his death in 1988.
He also taught at Queens College, Smith College, and Johns Hopkins University.
Served to lieutenant United States Navy, 1942-1945, Caribbean. Fellow Warburg. Institute (honorary life). Member International Center Medieval Art (founding, director), Medieval Academy American (council 1959), Association Belgian American Foundation Fellows (founder, president 1963-1972), College Art Association American (director 1966-1973), Society N. American Goldsmiths (honorary).
Married Phyllis Barbara Pray, August 11, 1943 (divorced 1973). Children: Jonathan P., David H.