Michael Lacey, a Genius in Mathematics
Michael Thoreau Lacey, who was born on 26th September 1959, is an established American Mathematician. Lacey attained his Ph. D in 1987 at Urbana-Campaign from the University of Illinois. Under the guidance of Walter Philipp, he presented a thesis that used probability to solve a mathematical problem that involved the Law of Iterated Logarithm.
His thesis that was centred around empirical characteristic functions indicated his interest in probability. He has made significant contributions in the field of ergodic theory, probability, and harmonic analysis. He first held postdoctoral positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. While at the University of North Carolina, Lacey together with Walter Philipp provided proof of the Central Limit Theorem.
Between 1989 and 1996, Michael worked at Indiana University. During this time, he studied the bilinear Hilbert Transform after receiving a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In 1996, Lacey with the help of Christoph Thiele solved the Hilbert Transform, which had been introduced earlier by Alberto Calderon.
For this achievement, they received the Salem Prize. Since 1996, Michael Lacey has been working at Georgia Institute of Technology as the professor of mathematics. While working here, he has made significant strides and his hard work and effort have seen him receive a Guggenheim Fellowship, which he received after working with Xiaochum Li.
Those that have experienced Lacey’s first-hand work can testify to how great he is in mathematics and how he is determined to find the solutions that seem to be troubling people. He joined the American Mathematical Society in 2012 and has been a member since. This move was expected since the moment he started solving major mathematical problems and bringing new ideas to the table.
During the mid-2000s, Michael had become a very popular public figure on many platforms, especially those in the media. During this time he was involved in minor publishing, working for a certain empire under the Village Voice Media (VVM). Village Voice Media was a chain that consisted of various weekly newspapers, some of which were the City Pages, the iconic New York Paper, the LA Weekly and the Phoenix New Times.
Michael Lacey had founded the Phoenix New Times back in 1970. He was working with almost all of the weeklies across the nation. Michael Lacey stepped out of the newspaper business in 2012. However, he is still mentioned in most of the stories that appear in the newspapers from time to time.