What Michael Jordan was to basketball, Michael Lacey is to mathematics.
Michael Jordan changed the way the game was played — and Michael Lacey has changed the landscape of math through a series of stunning proofs and solutions to some of the biggest challenges ever to face the science of numbers.
Born in 1959, Michael demonstrated a great facility with numbers from an early age. He studied math in college and earned a Ph.D. in that field in 1987 from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His supervisor there was the world renowned Austrian mathematician Walter Philip.
Lacey’s doctoral work itself was groundbreaking. He worked in an area of something called Banach spaces. He solved a problem known as the law of iterated logarithm as they relate to empirical characteristic functions. It’s an extremely important area of math because it leads to intense practical applications across a variety of fields that affect our everyday lives.
Michael Lacey’s doctoral work would only be the beginning of his assault on some of the toughest problems confronting mathematics in the 21st Century. For example, his work on the bilinear Hibert transform was so significant it resulted in Lacey being awarded one of the highest honors in math — the Salem Prize. He shared this international honor with German mathematician Dr. Christoph Thiele. Read more: Michael Lacey | GAtech and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia
Lacey was worked on Hibert while at Indian University where his tenure lasted from 1986 to 1989. From there he moved on to a position at the Georgia institute of Technology where he remains today.
During his illustrious career, Lacey has received fellowships from both the National Science Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. He put these financial sources of research to extraordinary use by making major breakthroughs in each situation.
In 2012, Michael was inducted as a member of the American Mathematical society, cementing his position as belonging to the best in his field in the United States and the world.
The name of Michael Jordan may be a household word, but the name of Michael Lacey will resonate throughout history as a giant in the world of mathematics.