American mathematician Michael Lacey is the Michael Jordan of numbers. Since he earned his doctorate degree in math in 1987, Lacey has blazed a trail leading to the resolution of some of science’s most difficult problems.
For example, Lacey’s Ph.D. work solved a problem concerning the law of iterated logarithm as they relate to empirical characteristic functions. The law of iterated logarithms is an aspect of probability theory that describes fluctuations in what is called a “random walk,” a certain class of mathematical object. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=CVXnps0AAAAJ&hl=en and https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509
Michael Lacey was born in 1959, excelled at math as a youth, and entered college with a goal of earning a doctorate. After achieving that at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, he worked in postdoctoral positions at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
While at North Carolina, Lacey teamed up with world renowned Austrian mathematician Walter Philipp to produce a proof for the “almost sure central limit theorem,” a major component of probability theory. Dr. Philipp was on Lacey’s Ph.D. advisory board.
Michael Lacey spent a major part of his career and some of his most productive years at Indiana State university where he held a professorship from 1989 through 1996.
While at Indiana he received a National Science Foundation fellowship. Through this be began work on a major study of bilinear Hilbert transform. This work led to another prestigious math award – the Salem Prize.
Michael Lacey left the University of Indiana in 1996 to become Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It was in 2004 that he received a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship.
He teamed up with Dr. Xiaochun Li to work on a conjecture of EM Stein as it relates to Hilbert transform associated with vector fields. The pair of researchers submitted a groundbreaking paper on the subject in 2007.
The career of Michael Lacey has been among the most remarkable in the field of mathematics for an American scholar over the past century. His ongoing work promises to explore even more uncharted territory in the beautiful and mysterious world of numbers.