Michael Lacey – Mentoring the Next Generation of Scholars

 Michael Lacey- Mentoring the Next Generation of Scholars

Born on 26th September 1959, Michael Thoreau Lacey, popularly referred by many as Michael Lacey is a distinguished American mathematician who holds a Ph.D. from University of Illinois’ Urbana- Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the institution in 1987. Michael’s thesis was focused on the field of probability, more specifically in the Banach spaces.

Michael Lacey is credited for having solved a mathematical problem that touches on the law of iterated logarithm, specifically on empirical characteristic functions. During his post-university years, Michael’s work has revolved around areas such as ergodic theory, harmonic analysis, and probability. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | GAtech

After leaving the University of Illinois, Michael Lacey secured postdoctoral positions at the University of North Carolina and Louisiana State University. While working at the University of North Carolina, he teamed with his former academic advisor Walter Philipp to offer proof of the central limit theorem.

From 1989 up to 1996, Michael Lacey was working at Indiana University before been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the National Science Foundation.

During the short tenure of his fellowship, Michael embarked on studying bilinear Hilbert transform, which was then a subject of contention for the prolific scholar Alberto Calderon. In 1996, Michael and Christoph Thiele came together to solve this transform. As a result of their work, the duo was rewarded with the Salem Prize.

From 1996 to date, Michael Lacey has been teaching mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research work has been awarded and recognized by many organizations including Guggenheim Fellowship as well as the Simons Foundation. Michael has further served as director of training for several grants like MCTP and VIGRE awards.

These awards are sponsored by NSF, a foundation that has sponsored numerous graduate students, undergraduates, and postdocs. Besides teaching mathematics, Michael has advised countless undergraduates who have excelled in their respective graduate programs. Almost all the graduate and Ph.D. students he has mentored have excelled in their industry jobs. Michael Lacey has mentored over 10 postdocs.


Michael Lacey doubles up as a mentor besides being an outstanding mathematician. He has really mentored a generation of scholars throughout his career.

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