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The Life And Achievements Of Michael Lacey


You cannot celebrate world’s renowned mathematicians without mentioning Michael Thoreau Lacey. Who is he? Michael Lacey is a man who has helped reshape Mathematics through innovative methods and programs designed to increase the impact of the subject in the world.

Born on September 26, 1959, Michael is a proud Professor of mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


After completing his undergraduate studies, Michael went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Ph.D. in 1987. At the University of Illinois, Michael was under the supervision and direction of Walter Philipp.

Walter was a prominent mathematician who contributed greatly to the development of several branches of probability theory and also solved difficult problems in analysis and number theory. Michael’s thesis focused on the subject of probability.

He wrote about Banach spaces and discovered solutions related to the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.

Various sources show that over the intervening decades, Michael work has involved subjects of ergodic theory, probability, and most importantly, harmonic analysis.


After completing his post-graduate studies, Michael Lacey went to work as an Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. In the summer of 1988, Lacey moved on to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he also worked as an Assistant Professor. Read more: Michael Lacey | Mathalliance

He then went on to become an Assistant Professor at the University of Indiana where he worked until 1996. After leaving the University of Indiana, Lacey became a full-time Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. Here is a summary of Lacey’s career.

  • A full-time Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology from 2001 to date
  • An Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, from 1998 to 2001
  • An Associate Professor W/o Tenure at the Georgia Institute of technology from 1996 to 1998
  • An Assistant Professor at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, from 1989 to 1996
  • An Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina from 1988 to 1989
  • An Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University from 1987 to 1988

Apart from the positions mentioned above, Lacey has also appeared as a Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota and Helsinki University. His extensive knowledge and experience in Mathematics have seen him attended several seminars organized by Wallenberg Academy Fellows, a career programme for young researchers.


Throughout his career, Mike Lacey has been a recipient of many awards. While working at The University of Indiana, for instance, he received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

During his tenure at the National Science Foundation, Lacey together with Christoph Thiele solved a much investigated and difficult problem related to the bilinear Hilbert transform in 1996, for which they received the Salem Prize. Lacey also received the Georgia Tech NSF-Advance Mentoring Award in 2012.

Lacey has also received other fellowships including the Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, Simons Fellowship, and the American Mathematical Society Fellowship. 1n 1998, Lacey was invited to give a 45-minute address at the International Congress of Mathematicians held in Berlin Germany.