Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey really knows his math, and he makes it his business to know other people’s math as well. The particular details of this matter of fact may not be as exciting as a football hall of famer’s rise to championship accolades. And, his story might not be as well recognized as that of a mediocre businessman who somehow finds himself in the White House. However, the nuances of his life and time are without a doubt history, complete with awards and all.


The official title for Lacey is mathematician. He is an educated individual with a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He owes his direction to Walter Philipp. From the looks of everything, Lacey has his money’s worth from the time spent that fine institution. His thesis covers the subject of probability in Banach spaces. In completing that task, his work creates a solution for the iterated logarithm dealing with empirical characteristic functions.


Moving on from there, his interests and intelligence grows into the fields of probability, harmonic analysis, and ergodic theory. His professional experience includes positions held at Louisiana State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is in the halls of North Carolina where Lacey and Philipp work together to to submit proof of a theorem.


His time spent at Indiana University yields most impressive results as he receives a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. This opens the door to Lacey’s studying of the bilinear Hilbert transform. That endeavor results in the solving of Alberta Calderon’s conjecture. To be fair, Christoph Thiele shares in the credit for that as well. The reward for their collaborative effort is the Salem Prize.


From 1996, things pretty much settle down for Lacey, as he continues to hold his position of professor of Mathematics with the Georgia Insurance of Technology. The only thing else to mention is his Guggenheim Fellowship and membership in the American Mathematical Society.