Guggenheim Fellowship and Simons Foundations Decorated Mathematician, Michael Lacey

Born in 1959, Michael Lacey has today reached near the top of his field of mathematics. In addition to becoming a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, Michael Lacey has also won numerous awards including awards from the Simons Foundation and the Guggenheim Fellowship. Michael is a guy who laid the foundation for other undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students to achieve the same high level of accomplishments that he himself has achieved. As a matter of fact, Lacey has given advice to many undergraduate students who eventually stepped toward his ranks, in graduate school. To date, Michael has over 10 postdoctoral students under his wing or who have been under his wing. This was not necessarily the case for Lacey, who started out at the bottom of the totem pole like everyone else. Because of his success, Michael has and granted many financial awards like VIGRE and MCTP from the National Science Foundation, or NSF.


A lot of his awarded work started in 1987 with University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. These works are largely related to the mathematical fields of probability, ergodic theory, and most importantly harmonic analysis (which is an analysis of waves). Banach spaces, as well, has taken up much of his work. Essentially this is within the same branch as iterated logarithms. Post-doctorally speaking, Michael attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is still a very good school by today’s standards. Additionally, Lacey attended Louisiana State University, known as LSU. At Chapel Hill, Michael and his fellow worker Walter Phillipp elaborated on the central limit theorem, which is a core principle of mathematical probability.


In 1989 when Lacey was 30 years old, he found his way to Indiana University. There, he received accolades from the National Science Foundation Fellowship. At Indiana, Lacey studied by linear Hilbert transform. Being only a conjecture at the time that he was adding on top of, in 1996, Lacey later started his professorship at Georgia Institute of Technology. More recently towards the pinnacle of his career, Lacey has received an award from the Guggenheim Fellowship as well as the Simons Foundation; This is a joint effort with fellow mathematician Xiaochun Li. for more information on Michael Lacey, please view this website.