Michael Lacey is a mathematician who has received numerous awards for his research, and is currently working as a Professor of Mathematics as well as Associate Chair for Faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His work has touched on probability, egrodic theory, and harmonic analysis.
Lacey earned is B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1981, and went on to receive his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1987 under advisor Walter Phillip. That same year, he began teaching mathematics as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
Before his work at Georgia Tech, he served as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Indiana University, Bloomington.
During his work at UNC, Lacey and his advisor presented their proof of the central limit theorem, which shows that when independent random variables are added the sum tends to show a normal distribution (“a bell curve”). At Indiana University, he began studying the bilinear Hilbert transform.
Throughout his career, Lacey has won many honors and awards. In 2004, he received the Guggenheim Fellow award, which is only given to two to four people in mathematics each year.
Lacey received the Fulbright Fellowship, which allowed him a three-month teaching and research award in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2008. In 2012, he was named a Simons Fellow, where there are about 30 awards given each year in the discipline from the Simons Foundation. His most recent award in 2013 was as an American Mathematical Society Fellow.
For his work with the Hilbert transform, in conjunction with Christoph Thiele, he was awarded the Salem Prize in 1996. The Salem Prize is an international award, funded by Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. Lacey’s work has also been in many published articles.
During his time at Georgia Tech, he has been a mentor to more than 10 postdocs and has supported plenty of undergraduate and graduate students, who have gone on to have jobs in industry and economics.
He has also been the director of training grants such as VIGRE. While at the university, he has also been involved in research.