Michael Thoreau Lacey is a prominent American mathematician who was born on 26th September 1959. He grew up in the United States where he has also schooled for his entire life. In 1987, Michael Lacey was awarded a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Michael was helped by Walter Philip to obtain this degree. As it is required by most universities, Michael had to complete a thesis to receive the award. His thesis was about the probability of Banach Spaces. He used this theorem to solve a sum that required the application of the law of iterated logarithm. Before completing his final thesis, Michael Lacey had been working on various theorems such as probability, ergodic theory, and harmonic analysis.
After receiving his Ph.D., Michael Lacey later got a position at Louisiana University. He also worked at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Throughout his time in education, Walter Philip has always been his closest friend. When the two were at the University of North Carolina, they proved together the applicability of the central limit theorem.
Michael Lacey has been a tutor at the Indiana University from 1989 to 1996. During his tenure at this institution, Michael Lacey received a Postdoctoral Fellowship. The National Science Foundation awarded this fellowship. He took time to study about the bilinear Hilbert Transform at this period. Michael Lacey became an expert in solving questions relating to this theorem. One of the quizzes that he solved was a conjecture that had been raised by Alberto Calderon. Michael Lacey and Christoph Thiele solved this conjecture in 1996, and they were as a result awarded with the highly coveted Salem Prize.
Michael Lacey has been lecturing at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 1996. He has been tutoring the institution’s students in mathematics. He has received numerous awards during his illustrious career as one of the best American mathematicians of his generation. One such award that he has been given in the recent years is the Guggenheim Fellowship. Michael Lacey received this honor in 2004. Recently, Michael Lacey has joined the American Mathematical Society as a fellow.