Michael Thoreau Lacey is an American mathematician born on the 26th of September 1959. Under Walter Philip, he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987.
Michael Lacey’s thesis focused more on probability in a section of Banana spaces. He succeeded in solving a problem related to the law of the itinerated logarithm for empirical characterized functions
In the preceding years, his work became central to areas of probability, harmonic analysis, and ergodic functions. In ergodic functions especially, he studied dynamic systems and invariant measure related problems.
He also held postdoctoral positions at the Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina where he specialized in pure mathematics. For his amazing work in mathematics research, Michael Lacey has been recognized and received many awards including Guggenheim and the Simons foundations.
While at the University of North Carolina, Lacey and Walter established that in most situations when independent random variables are added, their properly normalized sum tends toward a normal distribution. They were applauded for giving a proof of this central limit theorem.
Between the years 1989 and 1996 he received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, he also commenced the study of bilinear Hilbert transform at this time.
In the 1980s, engineered by Alberto, the Hilbert transform was just a topic of discussion with no evidence or proofs, however, Lacey and Christoph Thiele solved it in 1996 and later received the Salem prize for their work.
It was at this time too that Michael Lacey held a position at the Indiana University where he also taught mathematics. He joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in the year 1996 as a professor and head of Faculty.
He has been also the director of training grants such as VIGRE and MCTP awards from NSF. These grants have helped many undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs with most of them proceeding to top graduate programs.
At the Georgia Institute of Technology, Michael Lacey mentored several students, with most of them securing jobs in both the academic and industrial fields.
In the year 2012, Michael became a member of the American mathematical society.