Michael Lacey: A Brilliant Mathematician Who Is Passing On His Knowledge To Future Generations

Michael Lacey is a celebrated American mathematician that was born on September 26th, 1959. He worked to receive his Ph.D. under the guidance of Walter Philipp at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. His amazing thesis work solved a mathematical problem that was tied to the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions and was related to the area of probability in Banach spaces.

Michael has also worked in the fields of ergodic theory, harmonic analysis, and probability, and he partnered up with Walter Philipp to prove the central limit theorem.

In 1996, Michael Lacy worked with Christoph Thiele worked on Calderón’s bilinear

Hilbert transform and the development of a new method of phase space analysis and was awarded the Salem Prize. The award is given every year to younger mathematicians who have proved to do amazing work, and it has existed since 1968. Michael was honored to receive it and continued on after to work on other mathematical problems that needed solving.

It was at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that Michael Lacey served in his earliest postdoctoral positions. While serving in positions at Indiana State University, during 1989 through 1996, he earned a National Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Besides this, Michael has been a lecturer at the University of North Carolina and has taught many students at Louisiana University.

One graduate wrote a review that thanked Michael for his guidance, help, and motivation as well as thanks for the recommendations he wrote for the student. The graduate student made it clear in the review that he could not have received an NSF Graduate Fellow award without the help of Michael Lacey.

Michael has served at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Mathematics from 1996 to the present and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 for his work with Xiaochun Li. Together they proved the Tree Lemma and published the “Maximal Theorems For The Directional Hilbert Transform On The Plane.”

Michael has also published and co-published a large amount of articles related to mathematics and some of these include, Sparse Endpoint Estimates for Bochner-Riesz Multipliers on the Plane, On Convergence of Oscillatory Ergodic Hilbert Transforms, Sparse Bounds for Spherical Maximal Functions, Weak Type Bound for Oscillatory Singular Integrals , An elementary proof of the A2 Bound, and too many more to name all in one article.

Michael Lacey’s work with mathematics will certainly contribute so much to humanity for many years to come, and the American Mathematical Society agreed when, in 2012, they made him a fellow of the society. The world can only hope that more people like Michael are born in the future, because people like him are the reason why we know as much of what we do about the world that surrounds us.

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