After obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the year of 1987, Michael Thoreau Lacey would soon find himself known throughout the world as a famous and a very talented American mathematician.
Michael Lacey was born on September 26, 1959 and currently serves as a full professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His career as an associate professor at many different institutions went on for over 14 years.
Michael Lacey’s first degree obtained was a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas in 1981. His first experience as an associate professor came almost immediately after he graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with his Ph.D. within the same year. He worked as an assistant professor for Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge from 1987 to 1988.
He would later transfer to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill under the same occupation. Michael Lacey would teach probability, ergodic theory and his most important subject, harmonic analysis while lecturing at the Louisiana State University.
During his enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lacey was under the tutelage of the renowned Austrian mathematician, Walter Philipp. Walter served as a professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1964.
While attending school, Michael Lacey had a thesis in Banach spaces, a form of vector space with a metric that allows the vector length to be computed.
Lacey also solved a problem involving the law of iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions, this was completed while his was under the supervision of Walter Philipps. Philipps had a knack for ensuring that Lacey would execute his probability tasks in the proper way.
Lacey would work alongside Walter Philipp during his time as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1988 to 1989. There they both gave their proof of the central limit theorem, one of the key concepts in probability theory.
From 1989 to 1996, Lacey retained his profession as an assistance professor at Indiana University. During that time, he received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship recognition and also began to immerse himself in studies about the bilinear Hilbert transform. The Hilbert transform was at the time part of a conjecture initiated by Alberto Calderon, an Argentinian mathematician.
Michael Lacey and fellow mathematician, Christoph Thiele solve this transform and each were awarded the Prix Salem Prize. Lacey would receive another award in 2004, it was the Guggenheim Fellowship for his collaborative work with Xiaochun Li.
Between his time as a college professor and solving complex theorems, Michael Lacey would travel outside the country to do short term work as a visiting professor.
He worked at the Helsinki University in Finland, Wallenberg Academy Fellows in Sweden and Norway’s Centre for Advanced Study based in the country’s capital.
He was respected and honored with the Simons Fellow Award in 2012. American Mathematical Society Fellowship was awarded to Lacey in 2013, this would be his latest recognition but certainly not his last.