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The Career of Michael Lacey

Michael Thoreau Lacey is a renowned mathematician based in the US. He was born on September 26, 1959. He graduated with a B.S from the University of Texas, Austin in 1981. He later joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his Ph.D. and graduated in 1987.

He focused his thesis on probability in Banach spaces. Michael also had a keen interest in solving puzzles that fall under the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristics functions. Walter Philipp played a great role in guiding him through his Ph.D. course. Read more: Michael Lacey |

His first job was at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he served as an assistant professor from 1987-1988. Afterward, he joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an assistant professor. Throughout his career as a mathematician, he focused on ergodic theory, probability, and mainly harmonic analysis.

At the University of North Carolina, Michael together with Walter Philipp developed a proof of the central limit theorem. In 1989, he joined Indiana University in Bloomington and served as an assistant professor until 1996.

During his service at Indiana, Lacey received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. This is where he began the study of the bilinear Hilbert transform. In 1996, Michael joined Georgia Institute of Technology as an associate professor and has served in the institution ever since.

Today, he is a full professor in the university. Lacey has also held other positions in the course of his career. He was an Ordway Professor at the University of Minnesota and a Wallenberg Fellow in Lund, Sweden in 2015. Michael has also worked in Helsinki University as a Visiting Professor and also in Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo Norway.

Michael Lacey has received many awards including the Guggenheim Fellow in 2004, Fulbright Fellowship in 2008 and the Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award. In 1997, he won the Prix Salem Award jointly with Christopher Thiele.

This award came as a result of their solving of a conjecture by Alberto Calderon in 1996. In 2012, he received the Simons Fellow Award, and his latest award was the American Mathematical Society Fellow in 2013. Also, he has more than 100 publications under his name.

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