Michael Thoreau Lacey is a prominent American Mathematician that is a professor, researcher, and mentor to students of fellow Mathematicians. He has published dozens of works and given hundreds of presentations around the United States and the world. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey |Math Alliance
The Texas native earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics in 1981 at the University of Texas and his Ph.D. under the guidance of Walter Philipp at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, with whom he continued working with professionally well after graduation.
His Ph.D. thesis covered Banach spaces, but in his mathematical career he has had a lot of focus on harmonic analysis.
After graduation, Lacey served as an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina from 1987 to 1989. Following these brief stints, Lacey served at Indiana University from 1989 to 1996 as an Assitant Professor.
During his time at the University of North Carolina, he and Walter Philip presented their proof of the central limit theorem.
Michael Lacey and Christoph Thiele solved a conjecture of the Hilbert transform made by Alberto Calderón and for this work, he earned a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation while with Indiana University.
Michael Lacey became an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996, later becoming a Full Professor in 1991 and an Associate Chair for Faculty in 2017. He has mentored many students during his tenure and directed National Science Foundation training grants as well.
The VIGRE and MCTP awards have been given to dozens of students under his directorship and have led to several successful careers in the field.