The gifted Mathematician, Michael Thoreau Lacey, was born on September 26th, 1959.
In 1987, he received his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the guidance of Walter Phillip. He based his thesis on probability in Banach spaces, and figured out the solution to a problem connected to the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions. In the intervening years, the work of Lacey has touched on the areas of ergodic theory, probability, and harmonic analysis.
The first postdoctoral positions of his were at Louisiana State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his time at UNC, Lacey and Walter Phillip provided their proof for the almost certain central limit theorem.
He maintained a position at Indiana University from 1989 to 1996. During his time there, he received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. During the tenure of the fellowship, he commenced research of the bilinear Hilbert Transform. At the time, this transform was the topic of a conjecture by Alberto Calderón that Lacey and Christoph Thiele discovered a solution for in 1996. Their solution to the problem earned them the Salem Prize.
Later in 1996, Lacey became a Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he still works to this day.
In 2004, he obtained the Gurggenheim Fellowship for his partnered work with Xiaochun Li; and in 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
Michael Lacey has also been the coordinator of training grants, such as VIGRE and MCTP awards from the NSF, which have supported many undergraduates, postdocs, and graduate students. Lacey has guided a slew of undergraduates who went on to prestigious graduate programs; his Ph.D students have moved on to academic and industry professions; and he has advised more than ten postdocs.