Michael Lacey was born in 1965 on September 26. He is an American Mathematician and expert of pure mathematics who earned his Ph.D. in 1987 under the guidance of Walter Philipp from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Michael Lacey solved a problem with empirical characteristic functions related to the law of iterated logarithm. His work also has focused on ergodic theory, probability, and his most prevalent, harmonic analysis.
Michael Lacey has directed various training grants like Mentoring Through Critical Transition Points by the National Science Foundation and Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences (VIGRE) awards which have supported a large amount of students from undergraduates to postdocs.
His PhD students are now in different industry and academic jobs and he has also mentored upwards of ten or more postdocs.
After Lacey’s postdoctoral position at Louisiana State University, he attained a position at University of North Carolina a Chapel Hill. It was here that he and his mentor, Walter Philipp, presented their proof of the central limit theorum.
The central limit theorum states that normally when independent variables are added, their sums tend to form a normal distribution or bell curve. Read more: Michael Lacey |Math Alliance
After his position at the University of North Carolina, he was hired as a mathematics professor at Indiana University fro m1989 to 1996. While teaching at IU, he earned a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation and started a study of the Hilbert transform.
Michael Lacey and Christoph Thiele solved this in 1996 and were given the Salem Prize, an award many Fields Medalists have received, for their work.
Michael Lacey has been teaching Mathematics since 1996 at he Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the joint effort he made with mathematician Xiaochun Li.