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The Mathematician: Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey is a very brilliant mathematician that graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1987. He received his Ph.D from there. He was guided by Walter Philip. Michael Lacey has achieved a lot in the mathematical world, he wrote his thesis about probability in Banach Spaces.

He also had his hand on topics such as ergodic theory and harmonic analysis. Mr. Lacey solved a very difficult problem that had to do with empirical characteristic functions and many others had tried to do the problem but hey had failed.

His first job after he graduated were at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at UNC is where he had the biggest impact.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Michael Lacey gave his explanation for the central limit theorem, which has not been proven yet but it is almost considered to be true.

Michael Lacey has been given many wonderful reviews by his students, on his website one student stated that, “I remember you telling us after our first test that we will do better in our other classes because of the level at which we will be working in your class- and it’s true!

I’ve learned to think on an entirely different level, and I feel more prepared and confident about Calculus 2, as well as my other classes than most of my peers from other classes do.” This shows that Michael Lacey has had an enormous impact on many of his students in terms of the intellectual level. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook

He received many awards throughout his life time such as the Salem Prize and the Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences. He has been working at the Georgia Institute of Technology for the past 21 years and he has been a member of American Mathematical Society since 2012.

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