Michael Lacey, an American mathematician, has led an astonishing career in the field of mathematics. His work has been acknowledged by some of the most prestigious organizations such as the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Guggenheim Fellowship.
Born on September 26, 1959, Lacey began his career at Louisiana State University and later at the University of North Carolina.
He completed his postdoctoral education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his main focus of studies was probability mostly in Banach spaces.
Lacey’s career has often ventured into other areas including ergodic theory and harmonic analysis, in addition to probability.
In fact, during his time at the University of North Carolina, he and his mentor Walter Philipp, developed evidence for the central limit theorem, one of the cornerstone concepts in probability theory.
His dissertation also solved a problem concerning the law of the iterated logarithm for characteristic functions in probability theory.
During his position with Indiana University from 1989-1996, Lacey was granted the National Science Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship inspired his research into the bilinear Hilbert transform. After Lacey and fellow mathematician Christoph Thiele solved a complicated conjecture proposed by Alberto Calderon, the two were awarded the Salem Prize.
Since 1996, Lacey has held a position with the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he continues to teach undergraduate mathematics and serve as a mentor for up-and-coming mathematicians.
During his tenure with the Georgia Insitute of Technology, Lacey has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his joint work with Xiaochun Li. In addition to his academic contributions, Lacey also serves as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.