Michael Lacey is a mathematician who has excelled with his passion and work with mathematics. Lacey studied for his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 1987 under the direction of Walter Philipp.
Upon finishing his Ph.D., Lacey took positions at Louisiana State University and later at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working to prove his and Walter Philipp’s central limit theorem.
He also served at Indiana University (1989-1996) and during his time there, received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship award. Soon after, Lacey received the Salem Prize for his collaborative work on solving the bilinear Hilbert transform.
Lacey has solved many mathematical problems during his career and has solved several using the law of iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.
His research has covered probability, ergodic theory, and harmonic analysis. Lacey now works at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Mathematics and has been there since 1996. Recently, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2004) for his work with Xiao Chün Li. He also became a member of the American Mathematic Society (2012).
In addition, Lacey has been the director of training grants, including, VIGRE and MCTP awards from the NSF. These training grants are given to support undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral students.
Lacey has been involved with undergraduates and post-doctorates by advising and mentoring them. He has mentored up to ten post-doctorates and many of the undergraduates he has advised have developed leading graduate programs.
Michael Lacey is one of the top mathematicians who has not only accomplished incredible research but also has held reputable positions at universities and works to further not only his own career but the prospects of students below him.