If there is anyone that has impacted my interest in space, science, physics and imagineering more than Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, George Lucas, NeilDeGrasse Tyson, Gene Roddenberry or Michio Kaku then it must be Brian Greene.
I think that Brian Greene is indeed a true genius and perhaps even the 'Einstein' or 'Galileo Galilei' of our time. I think that Greene has been endowed with a true gift in terms of making so called 'complicated science' easy for the ordinary man, woman and child to understand.
I wasn't very much interested in physics as a child until I saw Brian Greene's 'The Elegant Universe' on PBS back when I was about 13 or 14 and ever since I've been an enthusiast of Physics and similar sciences. I'm really looking forward to Brian's follow up series 'The Fabric of the Cosmos'!