It isn’t a secret: Math is hard. The discipline has eluded the understanding of millions for hundreds of years, with so many claiming they “just aren’t math people”. Requiring thousands of hours of practice and thousands more of application, mathematics is no simple undertaking.
That’s why when an individual achieves mastery, such that it’s recognized on an international stage, it deserves enormous amounts of praise. And that’s exactly the purpose of this piece: To praise the incredible talent and achievements of the exalted mathematician, Micheal Lacey.
As a professional, Lacey has left a tangible mark on dozens of different areas within mathematics. Born September 26, 1959, Lacey has used those years blazing an enormous trail into many different applications of mathematics and associated sciences.
Notably, Lacey developed a logarithm for empirical characteristic functions as a thesis for this PhD. For reference, that is the sort of work most people would have trouble grasping after having held a doctorate for several years. As his career advanced, Lacey delved further into many different subsets of mathematics.
Probability, ergodic theory, and perhaps most famously, harmonic analysis have been greatly expounded upon by Lacey’s research. Lacey has also spent a fair amount of time studying the bilinear Hilbert Transform. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509 and https://www.math.gatech.edu/people/michael-lacey
This area of the study yielded a Salem Prize for Lacey in 1996, proof of time well spent and a job well done. Also of note was Stacey’s work in providing a comprehensive proof for the central limit theorem, a complex area of study that alluded many before Lacey hopped on the case.
In the twilight of his professional career, Stacey has most recently taken to education. Focused squarely on raising a brilliant wave of mathematicians for the near future, Stacey has been a Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institue of Technology since 1996.
More recently, Stacey became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2004. Time is no object, apparently, as Stacey continues to find new avenues for both professional and personal growth. A credit to the field of mathematics and the international community as a whole, Stacey continues to cultivate a brilliant legacy.