Michael Thoreau Lacey: A Short Biography

Michael Thoreau Lacey is a renowned American mathematician born on the 26th of September, 1959. In 1981, he got his first degree at the University of Texas, Austin. Under the supervision of Walter Philipp, Lacey received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He did his thesis in probability in Banach spaces. He has also worked on areas relating to Ergodic theory, probability, and harmonic analysis.

Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina were the two universities where he first held a post doctorate position. He teamed up with Walter Philipp while at the University of North Carolina to give proof of the Central limit theorem.

Between 1989 and 1996, he worked at the Indiana University. In the university, Lacey received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. It was during this fellowship that he began to study bilinear Hilbert transform.

In 1996, Lacey and Christopher Thiele solved the Hilbert transform which was a subject of conjecture by Alberto Calderon at the time. The duo of Lacey and Thiele were awarded the Salem Prize for their effort.

The Guggenheim Fellowship was awarded him in 2004 for his joint work together with Xiaochun Li. He also became a fellow of the American Mathematics Society in 2012.

Below are some of the post doctorate positions he has held in different universities;

Between 1987 and 2001, he was an Associate Professor at the following universities, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Indiana University, Bloomington; and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He became a Full Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of technology.

Lacey has received several honors from very many quarters, some of which includes;

American Mathematical Society Fellow in 2013; the Simons Fellow in 2012; The Guggenheim Fellow in 2004 and the NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in 1990.

Lacey and Larkin held countless short term and visiting positions in many universities, some notable ones include;

Ordway Professor in University of Minnesota in 2015; Wallenberg Fellow, Lund, Sweden in 2015; Center for Advanced Study, Oslo, Norway; as visiting Professor at Helsinki University in 2010; as Visitor, University of British Colombia between January and August 2005 and as Research Professor, Schrodinger Institute, Vienna, Austria in 2004. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia

Lacey’s work has been supported by a number of organizations and individuals through the issuance of grants, some of which includes; The Australian Research Grant (2015-2018), the NSF individual grant of $312,000 (2012-2015), the Simons Foundation grant of $130,000 (2012-2013) etc.

Lacey has been at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 1996, where he is a professor of Mathematics. He is currently still at the Institute.

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