Gene Roddenberry, (1921 - 1991) was an American screenwriter and producer and is best known as the creator of the Star Trek franchise. During World War II Roddenberry served in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions flying over Guadalcanal.
He was the chief writer for several TV series before launching Star Trek in 1966.
Roddenberry thought of himself as a humanist. Christian apologist JP Holding said of Roddenberry, "The funny thing is that a humanist like Gene Roddenberry could conceive of beings like the Organians without blinking an eye, but also could reject the supernatural as impossible." (see also: Celebrity atheists) He also was something of a utopist, which often permeates the Star Trek franchise such as there not being a concept of money within the Federation, and also permeated into Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, where he demonized capitalism via the Ferengi.