Mathematician Michael Lacey

His middle name invokes the memory of Henry David Thoreau, but his own research has taken a decidedly different direction. Michael Thoreau Lacey is a mathematician who has made his mark in the field. Read more: Michael Lacey |Math Alliance

Born in Abilene, Texas in 1959. He pursued a course of education that led to a Ph.D., which he earned from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. Walter Philipp served as his adviser; the two would work together again later.

During his time at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lacey produced a Ph.D. thesis in the area of probability in Banach spaces. His work included solving a problem relating to the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions. Learn more about Michael Lacey: and

After completing his doctoral degree, Lacey took a postdoctoral position at the Louisiana State University. This position was followed by the one at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, Lacey teamed up with his former Ph.D. adviser to work on a proof of the almost sure central limit theorem.

After that, Lacey held a position for nearly a decade at Indiana University. During that time, he received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. His work within the context of this fellowship led to being awarded the Salem Prize.

Lacey has co-authored a book, “On a Conjecture of E.M. Stein on the Hilbert Transform on Vector Fields” with Xiaochun Li. This discusses work that the pair undertook and for which Lacey received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004.

Today, Lacey works at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Mathematics. He has held this position since 1996.

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