Michael Lacey was born September 26, 1959. Lacey received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He was under the mentorship Walter Philipp. Most of his work has touched on the areas of probability, harmonic analysis, and ergodic theory. He also solved a problem associated with the law of iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.
Lacey first ever postdoctoral position was at Louisiana State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he was attending UNC, Walter Philip and Lacey gave their proof of the nearly sure central limit theorem. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey |Math Alliance
He has mentored many undergraduates who went on to graduate schools. Due to his assistance, his students have had academic and industry jobs. He mentored more than 10 postdocs.
Also, he was the director of training grants for programs such as VIGRE (Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences) and MCTP (Mentoring through Critical Transition Points) awards from the National Science Foundation. This not only supported dozens of undergraduates, but it also supported graduate students and postdocs as well.
Years later, he received a position at Indiana University from 1989 to 1996. He was awarded with a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. During his fellowship he initiated a study of the bilinear Hilbert transform.
This transform was the subject of conjecture by Alberto Calderón. Lacey and Christoph Thiele solved this transform in 1996. They were presented with the Salem Prize.
Since 1996, he worked as a Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology. He then received a Guggenheim Fellowship for working with the famous Xiao Chün Li in 2004. In 2012 he became an official member of the American Mathematical Society.
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