Michael Lacey; Cracking Theorems and Mentoring

Michael Lacey has earned a position for his name among the most accomplished mathematicians. He began cracking theorems and problems with his Ph.D. thesis which was on Banach space in the area of probability.

To accomplish this, Michael solved an issue that was about the law of the iterated logarithm for characteristic empirical functions.

He was under the instruction and guidance of Walter Philipp and got his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The given honor was in 1987. He went on to touch on most fundamental harmonic analysis, probability, and the ergodic theory, in the following years.

It was while he at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holding one of his first postdoctoral positions, that he and Walter Philipp presented their evidence of the central limit theorem which is almost sure. He also held a job at the Louisiana State University, even among his first postdoctoral positions.

From 1989 to 1996 he served a position at Indiana University, and it was during this period that he got an award of National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. During his period of the fellowship, Michael Lacey started on the study of the bilinear Hilbert transform.  Read more: Michael Lacey | GAtech and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia

Alberto Calderon had previously made the transform subject to his conjecture. Lacey linked up with Christoph Thiele to solve it in 1996. For this, they both earned and received awards from the Salem Price.

It does not stop there for Michael Lacey as he went on to join the Georgia Institute of Technology where he has been a professor of mathematics ever since.

For his joint work with Xiaochun Li, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. He went on to become a fellow of the American Mathematical society in 2012. The Simons foundation also recognized his work after joining the Georgia Institute. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509 and http://people.math.gatech.edu/~lacey/


Also extending his hand to his students like Walter Philipp guided him, he took up a role of being the director of training grants, for instance, VIGRE and MCTP awards which are from the NSF and they have given a supporting hand to dozens of undergraduates, graduates, and postdocs.


Many undergraduate students have sought his advice, and upon considering it, they have undertaken paths to leading graduate programs. His Ph.D. students have also flourished under him and have proceeded on to academic fields and industrial fields for jobs. Currently, he has a tally of over ten postdocs, which he has mentored.