Michael Lacey is a Once-in-a-Generation Mathematician

Once in a while in every field, there emerge a few individuals with undeniable talent or genius. Even fewer of these individuals decide to put their talent or genius towards a noble cause. Michael Lacey is one of the individuals.

After developing an interest in mathematics early on in his childhood, he has over the years been working on his passion to the point where today he is among the leading thinkers in the field of Mathematics.

Given his great skill set level in mathematics, there were many high-paying professions that Lacey could have steered towards. However, he chose to be a professor, so that he may pass on his wealth of knowledge to the next generation of mathematicians.

Michael Lacey holds a Ph.D. which he was awarded by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He completed the thesis for his Ph.D. under the guidance of another greatly respected mathematician, Walter Philip. His thesis addressed issues surrounding probability in Bananch Spaces and characteristic empirical functions.

In the years after attaining his educational qualifications, he has gone on to explore these areas further and has also delved into the areas of harmonic analysis, ergodic theory, and probability. Michael Lacey also has a B.S. degree from the University of Texas, Austin.

After completing his doctorate, Michael Lacey immediately joined the field of academia with his first assistant professor position being at the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He was only at the institution for a year before moving on to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to serve in the same position.

While at this institution, he together with his mentor Walter Philip worked to prove the central limit theorem. After less than a year at the University of North Carolina, he moved on to Indiana University, Bloomington where he again served as an assistant professor.

He would stay seven years at the institution before accepting the position of Associate Professor (however, without tenure) at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Two years later, he accepted the same position (this time with tenure) at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook

After briefly serving as associate professor, he was three years later promoted to the position of full professor at the same institution. He is one of the longest serving faculty members at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Mathematics, having first joined in 1998.

Michael has also complemented his rich professional experience by undertaking a number of short term and visiting position. In total, he has held 16 short term and visiting positions since 1995. These brief teaching visits have been in institutions spread across the globe, from Sweden to Argentina.

Michael Lacey’s various contributions to the field of mathematics having been recognized on a number of occasions. He holds the honor of being both an American Mathematical Society Fellow and a Simons Fellow. He has also previously received the Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award.

In 1998 he was also granted the opportunity to deliver a 45-minute talk at the International Congress of Mathematicians, held in Berlin Germany.