Is Lessons in Chemistry based on a true story? The link between the novel and the hidden women in STEM

With it was the global phenomenon about the hidden women in STEM, but how much of Lessons in Chemistry was based on a true story? It’s time to brush those textbooks, as we look at the surprising history that inspired the show.

Though it could have been just another period drama, Lessons in Chemistry was the surprise smash-hit of 2023. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Bonnie Garmus, the TV series was an instant hit with fans of the book and viewers alike.

While Brie Larson might have stolen every scene as protagonist Elizabeth Zott, how much of the scientist inspired by a real person?

Lewis Pullman and Brie Larson in Lessons In Chemistry.

Lewis Pullman and Brie Larson in Lessons In Chemistry.

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