On September 26,1959, Michael Thoreau Lacey was born. It was very lucky for the Mathematician world that he was. He decided to study Mathematics when he graduated from High School, and went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain, where he received his PHD in Mathematics.
When he did his thesis it was about the Banach spaces. With his thesis , he was able to solve a law of the iterated logarithm for the empirical characteristic. His understanding of this law possibly helped much in the Mathematics world. He began his first postdoctoral position at Louisiana State University. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey |Math Alliance
While there in collaboration with Walter Phillip, they gave their proof of the almost sure central limit theorem. Later on in his career, he held a position at Indiana University. It was while he was at this University that he was awarded by the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.
His acceptance into this fellowship prompted him to study bilinear Hilbert transform. It was in 1996 that he worked with Christoph Thiele and together they solved the transform and they were awarded the Salem Prize , which is considered a prestigious award.
Since receiving the Salem Prize award, he has been a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. His recognition did not stop there. He went on to receive the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 for his work with Xiaochun Li. Michael Lacey has also been the recipient of another award from the Simons Foundation.
Most recently, in 2012, Michael Lacey became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Even though he has many accolades, he is never too busy to mentor other mathematicians in their quest for their doctorates in Math. Many of the people he mentored went on to work in academic or industry jobs.
In his quest to help future mathematicians, he has been the training director for two grants, namely the VIGRE and the MCTP which are awarded by the NSF.