Compared to individuals from other professions, mathematicians rarely become famous. However, that is not to say that they are not deserving of fame. There are those constantly engaged in increasing mathematical knowledge and passing it on to the next generation.
While the work of these mathematicians largely goes unseen, it is essential to the advancement of the modern human society. One such mathematician is Michael Lacey, a mathematics professor at Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Education and Professional Background
Michael Lacey has a B.S. degree from the University of Texas, Austin which he was awarded in 1981. In 1987 he went on to complete his Ph.D. education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
After completing his doctorate, he immediately after thrust himself in the field of academia. His first position as an assistant professor was at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
He then held two more assistant professor positions at the University of North Carolina and later at Indiana University, Bloomington. In 1996 he landed an associate professor position without tenure at his current employer, Georgia State University.
Two years later, the institution granted him tenure. Another three years later, he was promoted to the position of full professor. He has served in this capacity since 2001.
Honors and Awards
As is expected of a mathematician of Michael Lacey’s caliber, his contributions to the field have not gone unnoticed. He has been named a fellow by a number of reputable institutions in within and outside the United States, including the American Mathematical Society. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Mike Lacey | Crunchbase
Additionally, in 2012 he was honored by the Georgia State University by being issued with the NSF-ADVANCED Mentoring Award. In 1998 he was given a time slot to address mathematicians from all over the world at that year’s International Congress of Mathematicians held in Berlin, Germany.
In 1997, together with Christoph Thiele, he was jointly awarded Prix Salem Prize by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University.
There is no denying that Michael Lacey is one of the hardest mathematicians there is today. In addition to teaching hundreds every year, he is constantly engaged in research, giving talks, mentoring students and accepting various visiting positions.
The fact that he is effectively able to do all these activities is proof of his passion for mathematics and unending self-drive. If he continues with the same zeal, there is no telling the ‘mathematical heights’ he will reach.