Michael Lacey is a highly accomplished American academic and a highly regarded authority in the field of mathematics. According Wikipedia, Lacey holds a PhD from the University of Illinois. The thesis for his PhD was in the field of probability, and specifically touched on the functional analysis normed vector space called the Banach spaces. The study covered, among other things, the ergodic theory, empirical characteristic functions, law of iterated logarithm and harmonic analysis. He was studying under the tutelage of Walter Philipp. For his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Lacey went to the University of Texas in Austin back in 1981. After his postgraduate studies, Lacey joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996 to work as a Mathematics Professor. For his excellent work, the institute offered him the NSF – ADVANCED Mentoring Award for mentoring Assistant professors at the university’s School of Mathematics. In 2004, Lacey received the Guggenheim Fellowship alongside Xiaochun Li. In 2012, the American Mathematical Society inducted him as one of its fellows.
Michael Lacey’s employment history as demonstrated by the Georgia Institute of Technology website shows an extensive work experience. Between 1988 to 2001 Lacey served as an associate’s professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Indiana University in Bloomington and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The other honors and awards in his decorated list of achievements include the National Science Foundation (NSF) Post doctoral Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, Simons Fellow and the Prix Salem prize, which was awarded to him jointly with Christoph Thiele. The Prix Salem prize is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies and Princeton University. Under the Fulbright Fellowship, Lacey taught and did research in Argentina for a period of 3 months. The Simons Fellow was offered to him by the Simons Foundation, and targets persons who excel in various disciplines, including the arts and sciences. While undertaking his fellowship at Indiana University, Lacey was awarded the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship and decided to study bilinear Hilbert transform operator.