I suppose we have whoever taught us english to thank! And that too profusely :)
I mean, if we are to start at atoms and maybe one day end up as superintelligent shades of colors, we need to start at the language don't we? :p
Well, after that, I guess JK rowling comes a close second... not to forget the famous empire of Rome, which is such a brilliant brilliant hunting ground :)
I have a feeling we'll be thanking Doug soon, and perhaps Joseph Heller after that!