Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton is a cosmological physicist from Princeton University, who is under consideration for a position at the California Institute of Technology and comes to Pasadena as a friend and personal guest of Sheldon Cooper. A leading expert on quantum cosmology, she authored a book entitled The Effervescent Universe. Leonard is a huge fan of her work and Sheldon thinks she is one of the great minds of the 21st century like himself.
At first she seems forgetful and a bit scatterbrained, though no more socially dysfunctional than Leonard and Sheldon. She quickly sizes up her male company because she is very sexually active, seducing Leonard within hours of meeting him. Later she attempts to seduce Raj, Howard, and Leonard for a four-way sexual encounter. (An upset Raj provides an escape route from his apartment for Leonard and Howard, once they realize they don't want to see each other naked, before Raj, presumably, sleeps with Dr. Plimpton.) It is unknown if Sheldon is still in touch with her after this visit. ("The Plimpton Stimulation")
- She wrote her book, The Effervescent Universe, naked.
- She has an overactive sex drive.