Michael Thoreau Lacey is one of the best American Mathematicians. Lacey was born on September 26, 1959. In the year 1981, he acquired his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas, Austin. After which 1987 he pursued his education at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and graduated with a Ph.D. in the year, under Walter Philipp’s supervision.
He came up with a thesis focusing in the area of probability in Banach spaces, in which he was able to find solutions to the problem associated with the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.
As a professional, Lacey has spent most of his years working on ergodic theory, probability, and harmonic analysis. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and https://michael-lacey.com/about/
Lacey as an Assistant professor
After attaining his Ph.D. Lacey has served as an assistant professor in several Universities including the University of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 1988, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1989, and Indiana University, Bloomington from 1989 to 1996.
Before becoming a full professor in 2001 at Georgia Institute of Technology, Michael has also served as an associate professor at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta between 1998 and 2001.
It was during his time at the University of North Carolina at the chapel hill where with the help of Walter Philip provided their proof of the nearly definite central limit theorem.
While serving at Indiana University for seven years, Lacey received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.it was during his time here when he commenced a study of the bilinear Hilbert transform.
The Transform came in at the very time the subject of a surmise by Alberto Calderón in 1996, which he and Christoph Thiele did solve it and they received the Salem Prize. This is an award given on yearly basis to a young mathematician with excellent work in Salem’s line of interest and the theory of Fourier series.
Michael Lacey has several Honors to his name. These include American Mathematics Society Fellow, Georgia Tech NSF- ADVANCE Mentoring Award, Simons Fellow, and Guggenheim Fellow. He has also been awarded 45 Minute address- International Congress of Mathematicians Berlin, Fulbright Fellowship Buenos Argentina, Prix Salem, and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow.
From 1996 Michael worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Mathematics. At the Institute, he is the director of Director of Undergraduate Education and has the responsibility of overseeing the undergraduate program in mathematics.
He also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, as a result of a joint work between him and Xiaochun Li. In the year 2012, Lacey became a member of the American Mathematical Society and serves as the faculty advisor.
Michael Lacey as a Mentor
Mike is a subsequent mentor as most of his time is dedicated to mentoring students especially undergraduates on matters related to Graduate School. A good percentage of undergraduate students attended a STEM graduate program.