American mathematician, Michael Lacey was born September 26, 1959. Studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Lacey received his PHD in 1987. For his thesis, Michael solved a problem dealing with the law of iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions. His most focused area of study in the following years has been probability and harmonic analysis.

Following the completion of his PhD, he saw his first post doctoral position at Louisiana State University, followed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Walter Phillipp, whom Lacey worked under while attaining his PhD, worked alongside Michael at The University of North Carolina.

Together they gathered evidence and proposed the central limit theorem. After his time at UNC, he went on to work at Indiana University from 1989 until 1996.

It was at Indiana University where he received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. During the time of this fellowship he embarked on his study of bilinear Hilbert transform.

Working in unison with Christoph Thiele, they solved the conjecture in 1996; earning them the prestigious Salem Prize. Adding on to an already impressive resume, Michael Lacey continued his journey at the Georgia Institute of technology; as a professor of mathematics. In 2004, A Guggenheim Fellowship was granted to him for his collaborative work with Xiaochun Li. Learn more about Jim Larkin: and

This fellowship is granted to those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship. More recently, in 2012 he became a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). This association is a conglomerate of professional mathematicians who are driven by the interests of mathematical studies and scholarship.

This has been yet another platform for Michael Lacey to thrive and pour his passion into. Currently a professor at Georgia Tech, he mentors doctoral students as well as pre doctoral students. His will and drive to help students who are aiming high makes him a favorite amongst undergrads as well as post graduates.

Lacey has mentored over 10 post doctoral graduates and leaves his email open for anyone looking to be mentored. He is indeed a faculty member that has the approach and hunger of a student. He is on an everlasting quest for knowledge and answers. This is what makes him special.