Michael Lacey is a mathematician who holds a very high standing among his colleagues and peers. He has actively contributed to the study and theory of mathematics over his distinguished career. As a professor of mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) he has developed a reputation as one of the most trusted mentors in the mathematics department. This reputation as a valuable mentor extends past his students as Michael Lacey is well known as a mentor to assistant professors, many of whom owe him a debt of thanks for helping to set them on a track of success in their careers.
Michael Lacey earned his PhD in mathematics from Illinois in 1987. During his time at the university, he studied under the guidance of renowned mathematician Walter Philipp. Michael did his doctoral thesis on the topic of Banach Spaces. In the subsequent years since earning his PhD, Michael Lacey has worked in areas of mathematics ranging from ergodic theory and probability but he is most known for his groundbreaking research in the field of harmonic analysis.
Michael Lacey has held several important faculty positions at major universities on his road to his current position at Georgia Tech. After completing his PhD, he went on to serve on the faculty at Louisiana State and North Carolina before taking a position at Indiana which he held from 1989 to 1996. He then took up his current role at Georgia Tech, where he has served as a distinguished member of the mathematics faculty since 1996.
Michael Lacey has been a prolific publisher of works in the field of mathematics over the years and has also been a part of several prominent collaborations with other highly regarded mathematicians Most notably, in 1996 he worked alongside esteemed mathematician Christoph Thiele and the pair came up with the solution for Alberto Calderon’s Hilbert Transform conjecture. For this outstanding work, the two were awarded the prestigious Salem Prize. 2004 saw Michael Lacey win the Guggenheim Fellowship along with fellow mathematician Xiaochun Li for their collaborative efforts.
Michael is also known to his students as a professor who truly enjoys guiding them to success in the field of mathematics. This love translates to helping his fellow mathematics colleagues as well. For is work in this area he received the 2012 Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award for his diligent efforts in mentoring assistant professors at the institution.
With all of these accomplishments to his name, it is easy to see why Michael Lacey is one of the most respected figures in the world of mathematics today.