Over Three Decades Michael Lacey Has Proven One of the Country’s Leading Mathematicians and Academics

A renowned mathematician since the late 1980s, Michael Thoreau Lacey has during his long career carried out work in the fields of probability and harmonic analysis.

The recipient of a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign in 1987, Lacey was advised by celebrated Austrian mathematician Walter Philipp, who himself worked extensively in the field of probability and successfully solved a mathematical problem constructed by the legendary Paul Erdős. Lacey’s doctoral thesis was based in the field of functional analysis, and centered on probability in Banach spaces. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://arxiv.org/a/lacey_m_1.html

Following the acquisition of his doctorate, Lacey worked at Louisiana State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Indiana University, working at the latter for seven years, from 1989 to 1996. He subsequently became a Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a position that he has held since.

During the course of his career, Lacey has been awarded a number of fellowships, the first of which he was granted while working at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a recipient of the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lacey undertook a study of the Hilbert transform, a linear operator that plays a significant role in signal processing. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | GAtech

This study saw Lacey and German mathematician Christoph Thiele solve a mathematical conjecture on the Hilbert transform developed by Alberto Calderón, a feat won them the Salem Prize in 1996. Lacey, in conjuction with Phillipp, also carried out extensive work on central limit theorem, a principal which is central to probability theorem, at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In 2004, Lacey was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2012, he received another from the American Mathematical Society. His work has also been recognized by world-famous private foundation, the Simons Foundations.

As a professor, Lacey has actively mentored numerous undergraduates, postgraduate and postdoctoral students, many of whom have achieved considerable academic success following their education. During the course of his career, Lacey has advised and mentored over ten postdoctoral students, while also directing a variety of educational awards such as the Mathematical Sciences VIGRE and MCTP grants from the National Science Foundation.

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