Michael Lacey’s Career and Contribution in Mathematics

American mathematician, Michael Thoreau Lacey received B.S in 1981 from the University of Texas, Austin. In 1987, he enrolled to the Urban-Champaign, Illinois University where he received his Ph. D.

Under the direction of Walter Philipp, Michael did a thesis on Banach Spaces where he provided a solution for empirical characteristics functions. In the thesis, he solved a problem associated with the law of integrated algorithm. Most of his works today are closely related to harmonic analysis, probability, and ergodic theory.

Professional Career

Michael Lacey went to Louisiana State University for his first postdoctoral position. He later went to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he was an assistant professor to Walter Philipp. During this time, they provided proof of central limit theorem. From 1989 to 1996, he worked at Indian University as an assistant professor where received a postdoctoral fellowship, National Science Foundation. Learn more about Madison Street Capital reputation: https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509

It is during the fellowship tenure that Michael started studying the bilinear Hilbert Transform. The transform was Alberto Calderon’s subject of conjecture and in 1996 Michael and Christoph Thiele were able to solve it. The two were awarded with Salem Prize for their success.

From 1996, Michael has been working at Georgia Institute of Technology whereby from 1996 to 1998, he was an associate professor w/o tenure. In 1998, he was made an associate professor until 2001 when he was made a full professor.

Michael Lacey has written over one hundred publications and has received several honors including Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award, Simons Fellow, and American Mathematical Society Fellow. In 1998, Michael got 45 minutes address at the International Congress of Mathematics held in Berlin, Germany.

Other Positions

Michael Lacey has also held several short-term positions in different institutions. Among these is Helsinki University where he was a visiting professor and Oslo Norway where he was at the Center for Advanced Study.

In 2012, Michael was in IPAM for a Program in Geometric Analysis and in 2014 he went to ICERM for a Program on High Dimensional Approximation. In 2015, he had two short term contracts, one in Wallenberg Fellow in Sweden and University of Minnesota as Ordway Professor.

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