50 Facts About Howard Wolowitz


Howard Wolowitz is named after and based on a computer programmer known by the show's co-creator; Bill Prady.


Howard Wolowitz is the only starring character who has been to the International Space Station.


Howard Wolowitz is an aerospace engineer at Caltech's Department of Applied Physics and an ex-astronaut for NASA who is often seen at the apartment of Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper.


Howard Wolowitz is best friends with Rajesh Koothrappali.


Howard Wolowitz was born in 1981, as specified in the season one episode, "The Pancake Batter Anomaly" and is a native of Pasadena.


Howard Wolowitz received his degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Howard Wolowitz is fond of decorator belt buckles, though he jokingly claims to own only one belt; his collection includes a NES controller, a silver Batman logo, a 45 RPM record insert, a Klingon communicator, and a buckle featuring the superhero the Flash.


Howard Wolowitz lived with his mother for several seasons before eventually moving in with his wife Bernadette Rostenkowski.


Besides English, Howard Wolowitz can speak nine languages including French, Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, Latin, Persian, Japanese, American Sign Language, and the constructed language Klingon from the Star Trek franchise.


Howard Wolowitz knows some words in Sindarin, one of the elvish dialects invented by JRR.


When Howard Wolowitz found an ALF doll and revealed that it filled a void for him when his father left, Penny felt sympathy for him and began to empathize more when she understood his behavior a little bit better.


Howard Wolowitz is allergic to nuts, particularly peanuts and pistachios; they can induce a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction in him, which has a side effect of disfiguring his face horribly.


Howard Wolowitz is proud of having only three percent body fat, which Raj declares makes him look like a human chicken wing.


Howard Wolowitz apparently attends High Holy Day services, as Sheldon once critically commented that he was not available to compete in Halo during those times.


Howard Wolowitz has used this talent to romantically impress Bernadette a number of times.


Howard Wolowitz has formed a filk band with Raj named "Footprints on the Moon" and has written songs about popular heroes such as Thor and Indiana Jones.


Howard Wolowitz defends himself by pointing out that as an aerospace engineer, his work has actual real-world application, whereas his friends' work is largely theoretical.


Howard Wolowitz has been considered for a top-secret government project, a polar exploration mission and a position on the International Space Station.


Howard Wolowitz is usually seen working on equipment to be used in NASA missions and the International Space Station, though many times he is careless about it, and has "access" to high-tech surveillance and NASA gear.


Howard Wolowitz later realized the equipment had a structural weakness and again sought the help of his friends to correct it.


Howard Wolowitz likely has the most hands-on and mechanical aptitude of the four: being the engineer among his physicist friends, he assumes the role of leader for small hands-on projects.


Howard Wolowitz called Leonard and Raj, but neither was willing to get too "hands on" and help free him from the arm's grip.


Howard Wolowitz was afraid to use the computer controlling the arm as it thought it was holding a screwdriver and would start twisting if he un-paused the program.


The episode's tag scene implied that Howard Wolowitz tried to use the arm to pleasure himself again and ended up in the same predicament.


Howard Wolowitz visited the International Space Station as a Payload Specialist on Expedition 31.


Howard Wolowitz has the unwanted astronaut nickname "Froot Loops".


Howard Wolowitz spends the remainder of the season boasting about his trip, to the irritation of everyone.


Until his marriage, Howard Wolowitz was noted for still living with his overbearing mother, who is selectively oblivious to his accomplishments as an adult and usually treats him like he is still a child, filling the cliche of a Jewish mother.


Mrs Howard Wolowitz is not shown on screen until the season 5, final episode "The Countdown Reflection" and later in season 6 episode "The Spoiler Alert Segmentation".


In "The Apology Insufficiency", Sheldon observes that Howard Wolowitz seems to have "an unresolved Oedipus complex".


Howard receives a phone call while in the comic book store from his aunt Gladys in Florida, whom Mrs Wolowitz had gone to visit.


Howard Wolowitz says that she laid down for a nap and never woke up.


In "The Precious Fragmentation", Howard Wolowitz reveals that his father left his family when Howard Wolowitz was eleven years old.


Howard Wolowitz's mother bought him an ALF doll to help Howard try to get over it.


When Howard Wolowitz finds a similar doll at a garage sale, he starts talking to it as if he were eleven again, asking him to find his father and bring him home.


In "The Closet Reconfiguration", Howard Wolowitz gets a letter from his father which is the first contact that he gets from his father in the series.


Howard Wolowitz's offer is not accepted, although it was clear she was waiting for Raj.


Howard Wolowitz appears again in season 4, in the same role.


When Penny apologizes, Howard Wolowitz tells her about his past relationships and Penny shows some sympathy for him; after her comforting words, Howard Wolowitz tries to kiss her, but she reacts by breaking his nose.


In "The Prom Equivalency", Stuart brings Jeanie as a date causing Howard Wolowitz to fight with him on the car ride there.


However, Raj and Howard Wolowitz's relationship is mostly close: the duo reconcile almost immediately after going through tiffs.


In season 10's "The Emotion Detection Automaton", Howard Wolowitz tells Raj that if they are both unattached in the next thirty years, he would be open to the two of them having a relationship.


At first, she and Howard Wolowitz do not get along, as they appear to have nothing in common.


Subsequently, Howard Wolowitz realizes Bernadette represents a real opportunity to develop a lasting relationship and, in an impulsive manner, he proposes to her.


Season 4 introduces Howard Wolowitz's "latent homosexual tendencies" when George Takei appears as himself in an imaginary conversation with Bernadette and Katee Sackhoff over his relationship status with Bernadette and his erotic fantasies with fictional characters, which is a reminder of what Leonard's mother earlier says about the "ersatz homosexual marriage".


In "The Herb Garden Germination", Howard Wolowitz proposes to Bernadette, this time in front of his friends.


However, during season 9, when the two were expecting their first baby, they appeared to have repaired their relationship till Howard Wolowitz started being worried about his parenting capacity.


Howard Wolowitz instantly recognizes her and it is revealed that he and Emily previously went on a blind date.


Howard Wolowitz apologized to Emily, to which she responds that it's ok and she and her friends refer to him as "Clogzilla".


Amy Farrah Fowler is shown to be one of the few women that Howard Wolowitz has had a platonic relationship with.