Mike Lacey, The Mathematician

Born on September 26, 1959, Michael Lacey is an American mathematician and a professor. He is a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined the University in 1996 as an Associate Professor and has risen through the ranks to become a full professor. In 1987, Professor Michael graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Ph.D. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

Before that, he had attained his degree in B.S at the University of Texas, Austin in 1981. While studying for his Ph.D., Lacey wrote a thesis on probability in Banach spaces under the guidance of Walter Phillip. Lacey even solved a problem involving the law of iterated logarithm for empirical characteristics functions.

Lacey’s career as a mathematician has seen him focus on fields of harmonic analysis, probability, and ergodic theory. His first job was at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Mike joined the institution as an assistant professor in 1987 and served for one year.

He, later on, left for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1989, Lacey joined Indiana University still as an Assistant Professor where he served until 1996. While working at UNC, Michael together with Phillip gave a proof of the central limit theorem.

At Indiana University, Michael was honored with a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. It was during this fellowship that Lacey commenced the study of bilinear Hilbert transform at a period when Alberto Calderon’s Conjecture was being worked on. Michael and Christoph Thiele solved this problem in 1996 and received a Salem Award for the success.

In 2004, Michael received another fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship for work he had done with Xiaochun Li. He has also received other honors including the 2012 Simons Fellow and Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award in the same year.

He also won the Prix Salem Award in 1997 and a 45 Minute address in the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1998. This Congress took place in Berlin, Germany.

His most recent honor was the American Mathematical Society Fellow in 2013. Lacey has made 108 publications on various subjects on mathematics. Lacey became part of the American Mathematical Society as a fellow in 2012.

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