The Probable Origins of “Amy Farrah Fowler”

All of The Big Bang Theory fans know that some characters from the show borrow their names from actual people. For example “Leonard Hofstadter” is derived from Sheldon Leonard (actor/producer) and Robert Hofstadter (Physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate) while “Sheldon Cooper” is also derived from Sheldon Leonard and another Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics: Leon Cooper. The names are thus combinations of “Acting” and “Science”. But how about “Amy Farrah Fowler”? Does it have an origin in reality, or is it just another random quirky name?

The “Brain-Eating Amoeba”

Recently, while doing a little research about epidemics and diseases, I stumbled upon an article about an AMOEBA called N. FOWLERI (It was named after Physician M.Fowler)… AMY Farrah FOWLER…  Am I the only one who hears the phonetic similarity? In addition, this amoeba is nicknamed “the brain-eating amoeba” (for obvious reasons), and we all know how enticing a disease ridden brain is for good old Amy. Well, that covers the “Science” part of the equation, how about the “Acting”? To be honest, I’m not sure, but Farrah Fawcett seems like a good candidate for the part. Why you ask? Well, the fact that Amy is (physically speaking) Fawcett’s diametric opposite adds to her comicality and to the many contrasts of her personality.

In conclusion, all of this is nothing but hypothetical since none of the show’s producers, directors, writers etc. has ever mentioned any origin to Amy’s name. But still, there’s no harm in musing about it!


4 thoughts on “The Probable Origins of “Amy Farrah Fowler””

  1. Lol this is a funny post my man.

    I remember one day in the beginning of my exchange semester, a bit over a year ago when I was stuck in a hotel room with two guys and there was some BBT marathon going on 24/7 for both days. I got into that hotel an intermediate and left as an adept!

    1. Haha! Glad you liked it.
      I just typed this for the heck of it 😛 when I read that the “AMYba” is named “Fowleri” I couldn’t help but remember her!

      And you literally changed over night,didn’t you? I myself watched all of the episodes of the first four seasons in two or three days. So I’d rather say “addict” than “adept”!

  2. The main female character on The Mote in God’s Eye, which is one the most important novels of sci-fi, is named Sandra Bright Fowler.

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