Michael Lacey: Master Mathematician

Michael Lacey’s mathematical career began with his childhood love of puzzles and has led him to a career of being a Full Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As well as being a professor, he is also a mentor and a researcher at heart. The VIGRE and MCTP awards that he has directed have helped dozens of students and mathematicians. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey and https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509

These awards are training grants by the National Science Foundation and are given to students from undergraduate to post-doctorate levels. Many of the students he has mentored have earned fantastic jobs in the industry and academia. Read more: Michael Lacey |Math Alliance

He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Univesity of Texas in 1981 and the University of Illinois in 1987. His doctorates was guided by Walter Philipp, with whom he completed his thesis on Banach Spaces. Banach spaces are completed normed vector spaces first studied by Polish mathematician Stefan Bach in the early 1920’s.

After earning a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation in 1989, he began studying the bilinear Hilbert transform. The work he did with Christoph Thiele on the subject earned the pair the Salem Prize in 1996. At the time, Michael Lacey held the position of assistant professor at Indiana University.

In 1996, Michael Lacey became an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This position became a Full Professorship in 2001. Michael Lacey still holds this position today and as of 2017 is the Associate Chair for Faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Guggenheim Fellow was awarded to Lacey in 2004, this award is only given to 2 to 4 mathematicians each year. He has ad fellowships through Fulbright, the Simons Foundation, and the American Mathematical Society.

Michael Lacey has given presentations around the world and is frequently asked to speak at universities throughout the United States.

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