Michael Lacey the Mathematician, Role Model and Mentor

January 16, 2018

Michael Thoreau Lacey is an American mathematician, professor, and lecturer. Lacey received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and began his immaculate career at the Louisiana State University. His thesis was based on Banach Spaces where he solved a complex problem relating to the law of iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.

After graduating, he held a position at the University of North Carolina where he and Walter Philip developed a proof of the central limit theorem. Then, in 1986 Lacey held an educational position at the Indiana University until he moved to Georgia in 1996.

His current interests include, researching probability and harmonic analysis, but his previous work touched heavily on ergodic theory as well.

Michael Lacey is currently a professor of mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research and incredible knowledge in mathematics has earned him several prestigious awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship award for his work with Xiaochin Li while at Georgia Tech, a postdoctoral Fellowship in the National Science Foundation earned during his tenure at Indiana University and a Fellowship in the American Mathematical Society, which he received in 2012.

Lacey was also awarded the Salem Prize for his work with bilinear Hilbert Transforms. In 1996, He and Christoph Thiele worked on a Hilbert transform problem that had been worked out on the basis of incomplete information. The duo solved the Hilbert transform that Alberto Calderon had attempted to solve for many years.

Michael Lacey is also the director of multiple training grants and mentors more than a dozen postdoctoral graduates. He is the director of the VIGRE and MCTP awards from the National Science Foundation, which has provided grants and support to dozens of undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral students.

Michael Lacey and the National Science Foundation’s grants have enabled Lacey to advise and mentor students in their academic and professional careers.

His rigorous teaching style and enthusiasm for learning engages students and enables them to work harder and learn in an in-depth manner. Some students have said his teaching method and high standard prepared them to study harder in their other classes.

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