How Michael Lacey’s Career As A Mathematician Has Developed

Michael Lacey is a 58-year-old mathematician who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. For the past 22 years he has taught mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

During this time he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, in 2004, and in 2012 the American Mathematical Society made him a fellow. He has also been given the Simons Foundations award which supports scientific and mathematical research. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey |Math Alliance

It was at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign that Michael Lacey earned his Ph.D. in mathematics. He graduated in 1987 and his dissertation was directed by Mathematician Walter Philipp.

After earning his Ph.D. he earned a position at Louisiana State University and then the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. It was while working at this latter university that he joined up again with Walter Philipp, this time to come up with a proof of the central limit theorem.

In 1989, Michael Lacey joined Indiana University. The National Science Foundation awarded him with a Postdoctoral Fellowship during his time there. He spent his time at Indiana University studying the bilinear Hilbert transform. Learn more about Micheal Lacey: https://arxiv.org/a/lacey_m_1.html and http://nyjm.albany.edu/j/2017/23-8.html

The bilinear Hilbert transform was something that another mathematician, Alberto Calderon, had questioned. Along with Christoph Thiele, Michael Lacey solved Calderon’s question. This achievement earned them the Salem Prize.

At the Georgia Institute of Technology, Professor Michael Lacey mentors doctoral and pre-doctoral students. He has also mentored over 10 postdocs.

His main research interests are probability and harmonic analysis while his field of expertise is pure mathematics. He is able to provide support to students as the director of a number of training grants such as MCTP and VIGRE.