Mathematics is considered one of the most complex subjects one can study. One mathematician has made a great impact in the field and has blazed a trail for future math students around the world. That mathematician, Michael Lacey, has brought decades of discovery and insight into the world of numbers and probabilities.

Mr. Lacey received his doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne in 1987. Studying under mathematician Walter Philipp, Mr. Lacey was able to author and successfully defend his thesis on the possible existence of Banach Spaces. In the thesis, Mr. Lacey argued that Banach Spaces or, vector spaces with a defined metric, can exist and be used in mathematical equations and applications.

After authoring his thesis, Michael Lacey went on to Louisiana State University as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where Mr. Lacey, along with his mentor Walter Phillip, made a major impact on probability theory with their proof of the central limit theorem.

So what is the central limit theorem? Basically, the central limit theorem proposes that when one takes a number of independent random variables, they will always fall into a bell curve or a normal distribution. And this theorem even works if the variables in question are not distributed in a normal way. So for example, if one flips a coin enough times, the results of the coin flip, “heads” or “tails,” will fall into a normal distribution or a bell curve. Read more: Michael Lacey |Math Alliance and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia

After proving the central limit theorem, Michael Lacey took a position at Indiana University in 1989. He would remain at the university for seven years. During that time, Mr. Lacey studied the bilinear Hilbert transform. Mr. Lacey also received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

For the past 21 years, Mr. Lacey has held a senior position at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Mathematics. During his time at Georgia Institute of Technology, Mr. Lacey has received Guggenheim Fellowship and has also become a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.