Michael Lacey

Michael Thoreau Lacey is an American mathematician and renowned teacher at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), located in Atlanta. Born September 26, 1959, Lacey is an established writer, lecturer, and researcher.

He has been at Georgia Tech since 1996. In 2004, Lacey received a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship, in partnership with his colleague Xiaochun Li. Lacey was also honored with a Simons Foundations award.

In addition to a myriad of awards, Lacey was appointed as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012. At Georgia Tech, Lacey has mentored more than ten postdoctorate students, in addition to hundreds of undergraduates. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | GAtech

As an advocate of research, most notably harmonic analysis and probability, Lacey has directed numerous training grants in an effort to further the field of mathematics.

Lacey’s early professional years were spent in Illinois. In 1987, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working under the tutelage of the late Walter Philipp, famed Austrian mathematician. Philipp was primarily known for his work in the field of probability theory and number theory.

As such, it makes sense that Lacey learned the subject from his mentor and chose the area of probability in Banach spaces for his own thesis.

In the work, Lacey worked through a problem focused on the law of the iterated logarithm using empirical characteristic functions. Through his education and extensive work in the field, Lacey has also become known for expertise in a variety of mathematical areas including ergodic theory and harmonic analysis.

Following his time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lacey worked at both at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Louisiana State University (LSU). Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://arxiv.org/a/lacey_m_1.html

Lacey and Phillip reunited at UNC and proved their work on the central limit theorem. Lacey later worked at Indiana University, where he was honored with a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, working on the bilinear Hilbert transform.