American Mathematician, philanthropist, writer and orator Michael Thoreau Lacey was born on September 26, 1959. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-campaign, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas, Austin.
While pursuing his Ph.D. his thesis major was in probability in Banach spaces area, this he did with the direction of Walter Philips. In his thesis, he solved a problem associated with the law of iterated logarithm for characteristic empirical functions.
Michael’s employment journey began as an assistant professor at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge from 1987-1988. He held the same position at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill till 1989. From 1989- 1996, he worked as an assistant professor at the Indiana University, Bloomington.
In 1996-1998 he went on to become an Associate Professor working on tenure at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Later in 1998, his work on tenure ended, and he became a full-time Associate Professor at the same institute. He held this position till 2001 after which he progressed to become a full professor at the Institute. Currently, he serves the Georgia Institute of Technology as a full professor.
Throughout his employment journey, Michael has held short term and visiting positions in more than seven universities and institutions serving as a professor in various mathematical realms.
Honors, Awards, and Accolades
Some of his distinguished honors, awards, and accolades are:
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in 1990.
In 1997 he received a joint Prix Salem award together with Christoph Thiele. The prize is funded jointly by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University.
In 1998, he got a 45-minute address at the International Congress of Mathematicians held in Berlin, Germany.
In 2004 he was honored as the Guggenheim Fellow.
In 2008 he received an honor at the Fulbright Fellowship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 2012, the Georgia Institute of Technology awarded him with the Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring award. In the same year, he was also honored as Simons Fellow.
In 2013 he received the American Mathematical Society Fellow honor.
As a writer and orator
His expert insights are not limited to mathematical sciences only. Michael Lacey has many publications which he wrote independently and jointly with other like minds. Some of these publications include Michael T Lacey, “On the Separated Bumps Conjecture for Calderon-Zygmund Operators” and Michael T Lacey and Kangwei Li, “Two Weight Norm inequalities for the g function.”
As an orator, he has spoken in various university mentorship programs across America as well as the International Congress of Mathematicians held in Berlin, Germany.
As a philanthropist:
His love for mathematics has made him an active fellow in supporting any venture put up concerning the science. Mike Lacey is a member of various grant organizations notably in America, Australia, and Spain.
The most remarkable grant that he took part in was the 2001-06 NSF VIRGE award which raised $2,100,000 for the school of mathematics. Currently, he serves as an active member of the Australian Research Council Grant.
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