Prof. Michael Thoreau Lacey has led a prominent career as an American mathematician and university professor. He was born on September 26, 1959 in Abilene, Texas and would later graduate from the University of Texas in 1981, receiving his B.S. in Mathematics.
A few years later his received his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the advisory of Prof. Walter Philipp, a well-known Austrian mathematician that dealt with probability theory and number theory.
As soon a Michael Lacey graduated from the University of Illinois, he landed his first position as an assistant professor at the Louisiana State University form 1987 to 1988.
He would transfer under the same position to the University of North Carolina. During that time, Walter Philipp and Lacey provided their absolute proof of the central limit theorem. After moving to work at Indiana University as their assistant professor of mathematics in 1989, he was honored with a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey and https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509
Lacey partnered with mathematician, Christopher Thiele and their joint work helped to solve the bilinear Hilbert transform. The Hilbert transform was a conjecture of Alberto Calderón many years, the duo’s final proof led them to both be awarded with a Prix Salem.
For close to seven years, Lacey continued working at Indiana State until moving to Georgia. He became Georgia Institute of Technology’s associate professor of mathematics in 1996.
He has been respectively honored and showered with many awards during the tenure of his professions including: 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008 Fulbright Fellowship, 2012 Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award, 2012 Simons Fellow and the 2013 American Mathematical Society Fellow for his outstanding contributions to the world of mathematics.
Prof. Michael Lacey secured his stay at Georgia Tech and he now currently serves as their full professor, he also became their Associate Chair for Faculty in 2017.