American mathematician and professor, Michael T. Lacey, was born on September 26, 1959 in Abilene, Texas. In 1981, Lacey received his first undergraduate degree, it was a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin.
He moved to the state of Illinois to complete his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1987. While he attended Illinois University, his advisor was the famous Austrian mathematician, Walter Philipp. Professor Philipp was adept at probability theory, probabilistic number theory as well as number theory, he retired in 2000.
In 1987, Michael Lacey started his first postdoctoral work as an assistant professor for Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. A year after, he transferred to the University of North Carolina as an assistant professor and would lecture about probability theory, harmonic analysis and ergodic theory. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509
During that time, Lacey and Walter Philipp gave their proof of the central limit theorem. Prof. Lacey moved to city of Bloomington and started work as an assistant professor at Indiana University from the years of 1989 to 1996. There, he received his first honor, a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Professor Lacey was very keen on his research and studies, during 1996 his joint work with mathematician Christoph Thiele on the bilinear Hilbert transform was finally solved. They were awarded with a Salem Prix for their achievements and creating mathematical history.
Between his tenure at Georgia Tech, he would travel as a visiting professor to give lectures in Finland, Norway and Sweden. In 2012, he received a Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring award for his leading work in mentoring in their school of mathematics.
Prof. Michael Lacey move up to become a full professor at Georgia Tech and remains to this day lecturing their brilliant undergraduates.