Dr. Leonard Hofstadter, a physicist at Caltech, got his PhD at the age of 24 thanks to his 173 IQ. Leonard lives with his best friend and co-worker Sheldon.
Leonard is definitely the most social of his nerd group of friends and has a crush on their neighbor, Penny. Leonard went on a date wih Penny at the end of season one, but it didn't work out due to their insecurities.
During the third season of Big Bang, Leonard returned from his artic expedition with the guys and began dating Penny.
Leonard: Hi. I'm Leonard. You are beautiful. You pop, sparkle and buzz electric. I'm going to pick you up at eight, show you a night you will never forget.
Raj: Where are we going?
Leonard: What were you doing at Penny's?
Sheldon: Well, we had dinner, played some games, and then I spent the night. Oh, and you'll be happy to know that I now have a much better understanding of "friends with benefits"