Michael Lacey

Michael Thoreau Lacey, an American mathematician, was born in 1959. At the age of 27, he received a Ph.D. for his thesis in the study of the probability in Banach spaces from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In his thesis, he solved one of the problems related to the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.

Other areas of work Lacey was involved in during that time were harmonic analysis, ergodic theory, and probability, the most notable being harmonic analysis. Read more: Mike Lacey | Crunchbase

Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provided Lacey his first postdoctoral positions. While working at UNC with Walter Phillipp, his senior mentor, Lacey submitted their proof for the central limit theorem.

The theorem states that, in many cases, when independent variables are added, the normalized sum will turn into a normal distribution.

In 1989, Michael Lacey took a position at Indiana University. During his tenure, which lasted until 1996, he received the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

He also won the Salem Prize, along with fellow mathematicians Alberto Calderón and Christoph Thiele, for their study and eventual solution for the bilinear Hilbert transform.

In 1996, he took the job as a Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has remained at the institute for the past 21 years. During that time, he received the Guggenheim Fellowship for his productive scholarship in working alongside Xiaochun Li. Also, in 2012, he was honored by becoming a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

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