Michael Lacey is the protégé and mentor of the world renowned mathematician Walter Philip. Michael Lacey was able to complete his doctoral work in 1987 when he was only 28 years old. He has become influential mathematician on the world scene due to his work in probability as well as iterated logarithms. Most of this work has been done in harmony with his mentor Walter Philip. He is also push the boundaries of harmonic analysis and increased understanding in the two areas of probability and ergodic theory.
Michael Lacey would take a job at Louisiana State University right after he graduated from the doctoral program. He would also work at the University of North Carolina while he waited to get tenure. This did not stop him from pushing math to its limits. He worked alongside Walter Philip to published several papers in peer-reviewed journals probing their central limit theorem. After such probing, they have been able to guarantee its certainty by 99.9996%.
Michael Lacey would take another position for seven years at Indiana University. Because of his excellent work in harmonic analysis he would become part of the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship gave him tenure and he then continued studying and working with the bilinear Hilbert transform.
In 1996 he would gain the position of his dreams. He will be calm the lead professor of mathematics at none other than Georgia Institute of Technology. During his time here, he will be awarded one of the Guggenheim Fellowship grants. These grants are only given out to 200 people every single year within the countries of the United States of America, Canada, the Caribbean, and South America. Over 4000 people applied that year and he was one of the 5% of people who earned that grant.
The Guggenheim Fellowship gave him a grant of $42,000 in order to pursue research midcareer and keep his skills up-to-date. Michael Lacey continued solidifying that he is one of the greatest mathematicians ally by being recognized by the Simon foundation. To set it in stone he entered the American mathematical Society Fellowship.