With mathematics being used in every aspect of life and industry nowadays, it almost seems unnatural that successful mathematicians never rise to mainstream fame. One of the very prominent people in this area is Michael Thoreau Lacey.
Born 58 years ago, this mastermind has achieved some of the highest recognitions for his work. He has worked at half-a-dozen reputable universities around the country and written mathematical proofs that were unheard of.
So, how did Lacey get there?
The roots of his knowledge come from a talent that was put into rigorous education. Lacey obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
He then switched sceneries and moved to the state of Illinois, where he was working on his Ph.D. diploma. In 1987, he obtained the Doctorate of Mathematics Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
A very successful career
Mike Lacey did some of his most notable work in the area of harmonic analysis. This is the subfield that deals with periodic functions and their waves of sines and cosines. After getting his Ph.D., Lacey went to work for the Louisiana State University.
As this position did not last too long, Lacey was reunited with his previous doctorate director Walter Philipp at the University of North Carolina. These two completed some more notable work by combining forces.
Two years after getting his degree, Lacey moved again and started working for the Indiana University. Compared to the other positions he held, this one lasted slightly longer. In 1996 however, he made his final relocation to the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Starting off with his thesis, Lacey contributed to the betterment of his field of study in many ways. He has been given multiple awards, grants, and fellowships’ offers that recognize his efforts. In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, a 129-year-old fellowship. Also, earlier in his career, he won the “Salem Prize” for his work on the theory of Fourier Series.
Michael Lacey is a successful mathematician whose dedication and achievements are rarely matched. The reputation he built, through his thesis and work with Walter Philipp, will precede him.
He managed to solve some problems that were not done before, and he wrote books that share his knowledge. After all, who is to say he will not achieve more in the future?