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Michael Thoreau Lacey – Accomplishe Mathematician

Michael Thoreau Lacey (born September 26, 1959) received his Bachelor in Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. He later received his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987.

The focus for his thesis was in the probability in Banach spaces. This is a complete normed vector space. He solved a problem that is related to the law of the iterated logarithm. This was for the empirical characteristic functions.

Lacey’s most notable work has been in harmonic analysis. This branch of mathematics is the representation of the expression of a periodic function and their basic waves of sines and cosines. This comes from the study of the Fourier series.

Lacey’s first postdoctoral position was at Louisiana State University. He moved on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he and his former doctorate director, Walter Philipp, presented their proof about central limit theorem. This is a set of weak-convergence theorems used in probability theory.

From 1989 to 1996, Lacey held a position at Indiana University, Bloomington. He received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While there, he was awarded the Salem Prize in 1996, with Christoph Thiele, for their work on a study about the bilinear Hilbert transform.

This prize is awarded to the mathematician(s) who have performed in Raphael Salem’s field of study, mainly the Fourier series.

Since 1996, Lacey has held a position at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He became Full Professor in Mathematics in 2001. In 2004, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, with Xiaochun Li, for his work on the singular integrals on smooth varying lines.

This fellowship supplies grants that allows the further development of scholars in any field of knowledge and in any field of the arts. In 2012, Lacey became a fellow with the American Mathematical Society. This is to further the interests of mathematical research.

Michael T. Lacey is an accomplished mathematician. He has been awarded numerous grants and awards throughout his career. He had dedicated his life to furthering the mathematical field of study.