When writers from the addictive drama “Breaking Bad” wanted to know how much meth could be produced with 30 gallons of methylamine, they turned to University of Texas alumna Donna J. Nelson, the show’s science adviser.
Nelson, a scientist and professor of organic chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, served as guru for all things chemistry for much of the show’s run, flagging science inaccuracies in the “Breaking Bad” script. Nelson’s input throughout the seasons became increasingly important as science emerged as its own character in the Emmy award-winning show.
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