Life in Mathematics with Michael Lacey

When it comes to mathematics, Michael Lacey is a force to be reckoned with. Michael Lacey was born on 26th September 1959 in the United States. In the year 1987, the mathematician received his post graduate doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

He was directed by Walter Phillip for his Ph.D. A closer look at his thesis reveals that he tacked a function related to empirical characteristic function. This is a function that falls into the category of the law of the integrated logarithm.

In general, his thesis was based on Banach spaces that fall under the category of probability and statistics. Prior to doing his doctorate program, Michael Lacey had specialized in harmonic analysis, ergodic theory as well as probability. However, he is known for his prowess in harmonic analysis. This has seen him occupy postgraduate positions at various universities.

For instance, he has occupied these positions at the Louisiana State University which was his first. He then progressed to occupy the same position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his time at the University of North Carolina, Michael Lacey met and befriended Walter Philips. The two became close friends, and Philips managed to influence his education a lot.

While working together at the institution, the two were able to prove the central limit theorem. In a period of seven years ending 1996, Michael Lacey was involved with the Indiana University. During his time at the Indiana University, Michael Lacey managed to pursue a fellowship program known as National Science Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship.

This is a period that saw him specialize on the Hilbert transforms. Together with Christoph Thiele and Alberto Calderon, the three managed to find a solution for the problem in the year 1996. This achievement saw them honored with the Salem Prize in the same year.

He then worked with the Georgia Institute of Technology as a professor of mathematics. 10 years later, Michael Lacey was honored with the Guggenheim Fellowship after successfully working with Xiaochun Li the previous year. He was admitted to the American Mathematics society in the year 2012 for his exemplary work in the field of mathematics.

Other recognitions that Michael Lacey has received include the Simons Fellow award, 45 minutes address as well as the Fulbright Fellowship ward in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was also honored by the Institute for Advanced Studies and Princeton University with the Prix Salem Award. He received this award together with Christoph Thiele.

 

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