No doubt, Michael Lacey is one of the most outstanding mathematicians in the contemporary era. Born in September 1959, Lacey was always enthusiastic about numbers, and this prompted him to pursue a career in the same. He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he attained his Ph.D. in 1987 under the mentorship of Walter Phillip.
For his thesis while at the University, Lacey chose the area of probability in Banach spaces. Notably, he solved problems existing in the law of iterated logarithms for empirical characteristics functions. His subsequent works have revolved around probability, ergodic theory, and harmonic analysis.
Michael Lacey held doctoral positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. His time at UNC was marked by a contribution that he made, in conjunction with Walter Phillip, regarding the central limit theorem.
Additionally, he embarked on studying bilinear Hilbert transform while at the institution, and his success in solving a problem thereof won him the Salem Prize, a coveted award in the Mathematics field.
Michael Lacey’s unmatched efforts and contribution to mathematics made him a household name both locally and internationally. His recognition made him a sort-after mentor and consultant, and even the National Science Foundation has recognized his efforts.
Lacey has worked as a teacher while undertaking his Ph.D. and was played a significant part in imparting knowledge to his students who have become notable figures in different fields. Michael Lacey joined Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996 as a professor of mathematics and works there to date. Read more: Michael Lacey | GAtech and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia
Lacey has continued to impact the society of mathematics immeasurably; something that has won him several awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship that he was awarded in 2004. Moreover, he has been a director of training grants (e.g., VIGRE and MCTP) that help support students in different levels of education. Lacey joined the American Mathematics Society in 2012. He continues to be an essential member of the organization.