Michael Lacey, Prominent Mathematician

Michael Lacey has reached near the pinnacle of his field in mathematics. He has become a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. There, he laid the foundation for graduates, undergraduates, and postdoctoral students alike to accomplish the same feats as himself. Lacey has been giving advice to many undergraduates who eventually join the ranks in graduate school. Overall, he has a credit of 10 post doctoral students to his name under his tutelage. But it wasn’t always this way for Michael Lacey. Born in 1959 he is an American mathematician with many awards to his name. Because of his success, he has been allowed to be the director of many monetary grants like VIGRE and MCTP from the NSF, or National Science Foundation.


It all started out when he achieved his doctorate degree in 1987 at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has worked on many mathematical series related to probability, ergodic theory, and most notably harmonic analysis. Additionally he has made a thesis of banach spaces, which is in the realm of iterated logarithms. In his post-doctorate life, Lacey attained a seat with UNC, also known as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did the same as well at Louisiana State University, or LSU. In Chapel Hill, Lacey and cohort Walter Phillipp worked on the central limit theorem, which is a main principle of probability in mathematics.


By age 30 years old in 1989, Lacey migrated to Indiana University where he eventually received accolades from the National Science Foundation Fellowship. At Indiana, he was studying bilinear Hilbert transform. At the time this was only a conjecture, until the year 1996. Beginning in ’96, Lacey started his professorship at GIT, Georgia Institute of Technology. Eventually Michael Lacy received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work together with cohort Xiaochun Li; He has also received awards from the Simons Foundation. More information on Michael Lacy can be found here.