Michael Lacey, a well-known American mathematician, is so much more than numbers. Working for the Georgia Institute of Technology, Lacey has become a permanent fixture for staff and students. Additionally, research has been compiled from many sources including the National Science Foundation. Lacey’s research has been supported by numerous organizations including the Salem Prize, the Simons Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. These along with other mathematics institutions attribute much of their success to the teaching and insight of Michael Lacey.
During his career, Lacey has written numerous papers, many of which have been catalogued at the Cornell University Library. Lacey’s students may not have always found his work interesting, but math has always been his greatest passion in life. While some of them found the work too boring for their exciting world, there were also many grateful students that found they were able to work better in their other classes as a result of being in his classroom and working under his tutelage.
Working with numbers has always been Lacey’s strong suit, but more than that, it’s about his ability to do amazing work amongst his peers. Receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, his best work during this time was in probability in Banach spaces. While this is a section of functional analysis, it was important to him to study spaces and the distances between them and their limits. Lacey was able to solve one of the most difficult problems, as it pertains to iterated logarithm. Nearly all of his work was related to probability and another area of math known as ergodic theory.
Today, he holds a position as a mathematician at Georgia Technology Institute, where he has been regarded as helping students see beyond what they believe they can do. Holding his students to a higher standard, Lacey has been teaching them that they can do more than they think, regardless of how much the subject matter challenges them.