Michael Lacey was born on a sunny day on September 26, 1959. From an early age, Lacey found himself interested in mathematics and was highly competent at solving complex problems. As such, he received a doctoral degree in Mathematics at the prestigious University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more: Michael Lacey | GAtech and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia
He received guidance from his then mentor, Walter Phillipp, an accomplished mathematician in his own rights. Lacey’s thesis mentioned Banach spaces (a functional analysis relating to vector space) and solved multiple problems related to empirical functions and iterated logarithms. In his early career, Lacey’s works focused mostly on probability and harmonic relations.
After his tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, Lacey started his career at the Louisiana State University, and then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
At these universities, Lacey partnered with his old friend and mentor, Walter Phillipp to provide evidence for their highly esteemed central limit theorem, which adds that when independent variables are added to certain functions, their sums tend to create a normal distribution.
Soon, Michael Lacey acquired a position at the Indiana University, where he received several accolades, including a fellowship at the National Science Foundation (a governmental organization which supports research in various non-medical fields).
With the help of the National Science Foundation, Lacey began studying bilinear Hilbert transform, which takes the function of one subset and produces another function. At the moment, this function was debated by various mathematicians around the nation, including Alberto Calderon.
Although Lacey’s studies at Indiana University lasted only three years, he was awarded the Salem Prize (awarded to young mathematicians who have accomplished outstanding works) with his fellow mathematician, Christoph Thiele.
In 1996, Lacey decided to become a Mathematics Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He continually enjoys traveling to foreign countries. In fact, he has worked with various foreign mathematicians such as Xiaochun Li, receiving awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship (grants given to highly capable mathematicians).
Recently in 2012, Lacey became a member of the American Mathematical Society, which works to aid mathematicians around the world with research, scholarship, and a network of universities.