In 1996, Michael Lacey was awarded the Salem Prize. In the world of mathematics, this award is among the most prestigious. Those who receive it can safely take their place on the world stage as one of the great mathematicians of our times.
Dr. Lacey earned the Salem Prize for his extraordinary work on something called the bilinear Hilbert transform. Basically, a Hilbert transform is a linear operator that uses a function of an established variable to produce another function of a real variable. And if you are wondering what a linear operator is, math folks describe it as a “mapping” between two modules that maintains the operations on both addition and scalar multiplication.
Does that go beyond what you learned in your high school trig class? Well, it’s also miles beyond what you might also have learned if you made it through calculus and even more complex forms of math.
But this is the realm of doctorate-level number crunchers such as Michael Lacey. He earned his Ph.D. in math in 1897 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation adviser was a world-renowned professor of math – the Austrian mathematician Dr.Walter Philipp.
Michael Lacey would later work again with Dr. Philip to achieve yet another astounding milestone in math – they came up with a proof for what is known as the “almost sure central limit theorem.” This is an area that relates to probability theory. The central limit theorem says that when independent variables are added, their sums tend toward a distribution that is normal – and even if the variables they started with are not normally distributed. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey |Math Alliance
It is an incredibly fascinating area of advanced mathematics. It demonstrates the high-octane realms that number superstars like Michael Lacey travel within on a daily basis.
It’s small wonder that, in addition to the Salem Prize, Lacey has also been awarded a coveted National Science Foundation Fellowship and one of the most prestigious honors of all, a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Lacey received the Guggenheim Fellowship while at his current position at the Georgia Institute of Technology which he joined in 1996. There he has been doing important research in partnership with Professor Xiaochun Li.