Michael Thoreau Lacey was born 58 years ago on the 26th of September. He developed a passion for numbers while still very young. It is this passion that led him to, at the tender age of 28, receive a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
The gifted mathematician has made tremendous contributions to the education sector about mathematics.
His adoration for numbers has seen him become part of those who have found analytical solutions to problems everyone had previously termed as unsolvable. Michael has gone on to craft a big name for himself under the guidance of Walter Philipp, his lifelong mentor.
Mr. Lacey worked on Banach Spaces and gave particular attention to the probability area. He then went on to find a solution to the law of the iterated logarithm. Additionally, Michael has spent a considerable amount of time researching on mathematical topics such as ergodic theory, probability, and the harmonic analysis.
Mr. Lacey has previously worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was during his time at this institution that Lacey gave proof to the central limit theorem, a project they have been working on for some time.
Michael worked for the Indiana University for seven years, 1989-1996.
It was during his time in this institution that he earned a postdoc for the National Science Foundation. He took advantage of this fellowship to conduct advanced study of the Hilbert transform. The Hilbert transform had been previously worked on by Alberto Calderon, the findings of his work on the topic were, however, unproven. Lacey, being the genius he is, proved the conjecture, his exemplary work did, however, go unnoticed.
Lacey has gifted the Salem Prize as a token of appreciation for his beautiful works. He left Indiana University and took a professorial job at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Guggenheim much later in 2004 gave him a fellowship for the work he and Xiaochun Li had done together.
Important to note is the fact that he was, in 2010, granted membership of the American Mathematical Society. The achievements Michael has under his name are limitless. He has overcome obstacle after obstacle to become who he is today.
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