Michael Lacey is one of the greatest mathematicians to have ever lived. Born as Michael Thoreau Lacey on 26th September 1959, Michael Lacey started amazing people with his love for mathematics from a young age. Back in 1987, he acquired his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
However, he could not achieve this feat without the assistance of Walter Philipp who was his professor. He amazed people at the institution with his thesis that touched on Banach Spaces. Banach Spaces is known as a branch is probability.
This saw him come up with a solution for empirical characteristic functions. For starters, these are functions that are related to the law of iterated logarithm.
However, his success in statistics and probability has not prevented him from specializing in other areas such as harmonic analysis and ergodic theory.
After acquiring his Ph.D., Michael Lacey has lectured in a number of institutions such as Louisiana State University which happened to be his first postdoctoral position. He has also lectured at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
It’s during his stay at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that he joined hands with his mentor, Walter Philip to come up with a proof of what later came to be known as the central limit theorem.
For a period of seven years ending 1996, he worked at the Indiana University where he also achieved a lot. It’s during his stay here that he was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://arxiv.org/a/lacey_m_1.html and http://nyjm.albany.edu/j/2017/23-8.html
This program provided him with an opportunity to study the Hilbert transform. It’s during this time that he met with Alberto Calderon, and the two successfully solved the problem.
However, this would not have been possible without the assistance of Christoph Thiele. This achievement saw the three gentlemen receive an award known as the Salem Prize.
In the summer of 1996, Michael Lacey received an invitation by the Georgia Institute of Technology to become as professor of mathematics at the institution.
This is an offer that he accepted without hesitation and has been a professor at the institution till date. Michael Lacey is a member and fellow of the American Mathematical Society.