David Stuart made his first scholarly presentation on Maya glyphs when he was twelve years old. He received a MacArthur "genius" grant at the age of eighteen. But David's career is as remarkable for its continued brilliance as for its precocious start. Currently Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas, Austin, David continues to lead the field of Maya epigraphy. Mesoweb is pleased to present many articles by David (see the Index of authors under his name). For up-to-the minute decipherments see his Maya Decipherment blog. (Photograph from the 1999 Palenque Round Table by Vera Tiesler.)