Michael T. Lacey may not have the status of a rock star, sports figure or Hollywood celebrity, but the importance of the contributions he has made to science, society and the world certainly eclipses the accomplishments of any entertainment personality.
Michael Lacey is an American mathematician who has earned an international reputation as one of the most important research scientists in the world.
His work in the area of Banach spaces and bilinear Hilbert transform have had enormous significance and practical application across a wide array of scientific areas.
Lacey earned his doctorate (Ph.D.) in mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He completed his research there under the direction of the world-renowned math innovator Dr. Walter Philip. Working with Philip, Michael Lacey was able to produce a proof of the almost sure central limit theorem.
After a stint at the University of Illinois, Lacey moved on to hold a professorship at Indiana University from 1989 to 1996. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship while at Indiana. Lacey has also held positions at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
His current base of operation is the prestigious Georgia institute of Technology. It is here that Lacey received a Guggenheim Fellowship. With that he has brought out yet more ground-breaking mathematical discoveries.
In 1996, Michael Lacey was also awarded one of the highest honors in the world of math – the Salem Prize, established in 1968. The award is the namesake of legendary Greek mathematician Raphaël Salem. This honor was the result of Lacey’s collaboration with Christoph Thiele of Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany. The pair worked on Calderón’s bilinear Hilbert transform which resulted in the development of a new method for phase space analysis – a remarkable achievement that few thought possible for years to come.
Lacey became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012, cementing his status among the most honored mathematicians in the world.
All this, and the remarkable career of Michael Lacey is far from over. He continues to pursue and grapple with cutting-edge mathematical challenges as the world awaits his next discovery.