Michael Thoreau Lacey is a celebrity among mathematicians. Born in Abilene, Texas on September 2, 1959, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Mathematics in his home state at the University of Texas in 1981. His Doctorate of Philosophy in Mathematics was acquired through the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1987 under the direction of Walter Philipp. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=CVXnps0AAAAJ&hl=en and https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey
Philipp aided Lacey in his solving of a problem related to empirical characteristic functions and constructing his thesis about Banach spaces, specifically the area of probability in such complete normed vector spaces. The concept was first studied by Stefan Banach, a Polish Mathematician, in 1920.
After graduation, Walter Philipp and Michael Lacey continued through professional partnership and went on to receive many awards and recognition for their accomplishments in Mathematics that changed aspects of the field permanently.
Lacey is considered an expert in pure mathematics and focuses a large portion of his work on ergodic theory, probability, and above all harmonic analysis.
Harmonic analysis is based on a Greek word which means “skilled in music”, harmonikos. The field of study focuses on how functions and signals are represented by basic waves and harmonic analysis is used in many areas such as number theory, neuroscience, and even quantum mechanics.
Michael Lacey is a highly sought-after mentor for students from pre-doctoral to post-doctoral. Many of the students he has advised have advanced their careers to top-notch graduate programs and eventually several have acquired jobs in the field: both in academia and the industry.
Lacey is involved in mentoring to the point that he has directed multiple training grants from the National Science Foundation that have helped dozens of students in the field.
He is currently a Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology; he has held this position since 1996. Michael Lacey has received both the Guggenheim and Salem prize amongst others.