Mathematics is considered one of the most complex subjects to study. From Algebra to Calculus, the language of numbers is one of the most challenging for the average person to tackle. Thanks to the work of mathematician Michael Lacey, however, the world of mathematics is being better understood by a new generation of math students.

Born on September 26, 1959, Michael Lacey has always been interested in numbers. Mr. Lacey received his Doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987.

Under the direction of mentor professor Walter Philip, Mr. Lacey authored his thesis on Banach Spaces. This thesis was integral in solving a problem having to do with the law of the iterated logarithm of empirical characteristic functions.

After receiving his doctorate, Mr. Lacey focused his studies towards probability and ergodic theory. Later, the mathematician would complete his most important work relating to harmonic analysis.

Michael Lacey spent his first postdoctoral years at Louisiana State University. Mr. Lacey then moved on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he continued his postdoctoral work.

While at Chapel Hill, Mr. Lacey, along with his mentor Walter Philip, worked together to provide a proof for the central limit theorem. This work helped show that independent random variables will tend to form their own “bell curve” even if these variables are not distributed normally.

Among some of the more notable publications by Mr. Lacey include, “The Solution of the Kato Problem in the case of Gaussian Heat Kernel Bound,” with Alan McIntosh, published in the Annals of Math and “On the Calderon Conjectures for the bilinear Hilbert Transform,” with Christoph Thiele, published by the National Academy of Science.

Michael Lacey has made a huge impact on the world of Mathematics with his work being recognized in 2004 with a Guggenheim Fellowship. As a professor of Mathematics at The Georgia Institute of Technology, Mr. Lacey continues to make new discoveries in the world of mathematics.

And it’s Mr. Lacey’s research that will make these complex mathematical concepts easier for everyone to understand.

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