Michael Lacey: The Mathematician

Michael Lacey is an American mathematician. His research interests are Harmonic Analysis and Probability and his field of expertise is pure mathematics. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey |Math Alliance

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1987 where he solved a problem related to the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.

During those years, he worked mainly on harmonic analysis. Between the years of 1987 and 1996, Lacey started his career off as an assistant professor. His first postdoctoral positions were at Louisiana State University from 1987 to 1988 before moving to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lacey worked at Indiana University from 1989 to 1996. In 1996, Lacey joined the Georgia Tech faculty and received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship award.

During his fellowship, he began to study the bi-linear Hilbert Transformation and the development of a new method of phase space analysis. Lacy and Christoph Thiele solved the transformation of a conjecture by Alberto Calderon and were both awarded the Prix Salem Prize.

He then started as a Mathematics professor at Georgia Institute Of Technology and received awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 for working with Xiaochun Li and joined the Simons Foundations. In 2012, he joined the American Mathematical Society.

Undergraduates and graduates were supported by his directing of training grants along with VIGRE and MCTP awards from NSF. He encouraged many undergraduates to lead graduate programs and the PhD students he has left a lasting impact on went on to academic and industry jobs.