Michael Lacey

Born on September 26, 1959, American mathematician, Michael Thoreau Lacey received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under Walter Philipp. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | GAtech

Michael based his thesis on the area of probability in Banach spaces.

During his study, he was able to solve an issue that is closely related to the law of iterated probability for empirical characteristics functions.


Michael has taught at Indiana University from 1989 to 1996. During his time at Indiana University, he received the National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship. Michael then began to study the bilinear Hilbert transform while he was doing his fellowship.

His work has ventured to probability, harmonic analysis, and ergodic theory. He worked at the University of North Carolina, and Louisiana State University. At UNC, Michael and Walter Philipp presented their evidence of almost sure central limit theorem.

Michael then moved to Georgia tech faculty where he has been a faculty member since 1996. He is an expert in pure mathematics, and mentors doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Michael has been the director of several training grants such as MCTP and VIGRE awards from National Science Foundation (NSF). These grants have been of great assistance to several undergraduates, doctoral and post-doctoral students.

The postdoc students he has adviced during his time at George Tech in the math department have gone ahead and got jobs in the academic and industrial fields. There have been more than ten postdoc students he has mentored.

Michael has published more than 100 journals such as Fourier Analysis and Applications, Annals of Mathematics, Journal d’Analyse Mathematique, Hokkaido Math, and more.

Michael’s work has been published in different languages, and this has given him an edge in his field, as it has made a well-known mathematician. Michael is an accomplished mathematician with a broad scope of knowledge.


Michael and Christoph Thiele solved the bilinear Hilbert transform in 1996, which had been a subject to speculation by Alberto Calderon.

The two, later on, received the Salem Prize for their work on bilinear Hilbert transform. For his work with Xiaochun Li, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004.