Improbable Probabilities – The Life of Dr. Michael Lacey

The impact Michael Thoreau Lacey has had on the mathematical community cannot be overstated. Dr. Lacey was born in September of 1959. He showed great promise from an early age and went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Michael Lacey’s work in such fields as probability, ergodic theory and harmonic analysis has been groundbreaking.

His early positions at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill cemented his reputation as a brilliant mathematician and innovative thinker. It was during his time at the University of North Carolina, partnering with Walter Philipp, that he produced their proof on the central limit theorem. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey |Math Alliance

His tenure at Indiana University saw him awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This period of time saw him introduced to the conjectured work of Alberto Calderon, on the bi-linear Hilbert transform. It was in 1996, while partnered with Christoph Thiele that they solved the Hilbert transform. For this outstanding accomplishment, both men were awarded the highly coveted Salem Prize.

Dr. Lacey accepted a position that same year, with the prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology. He found yet more accolades in his joint work with Xiaochun Li, which earned him a prized Guggenheim Fellowship. Crowning his illustrious career he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Learn more about Michael Lacey: and

The professor’s current research is supported by the National Science Foundation, primarily. However, additional funding comes from the Simon’s Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Salem Prize. His most recent works range from publication of his papers on random ergodic theorems and universally representative sequences, to the return time theorem.

Above and beyond his research projects and publications, he has been the director of multiple training grants, inluding the VIGRE, MCTP and awards given by the NSF. These grant projects have supported the efforts of dozens of new and promising mathematicians.

In his capacity as director of these projects, he has cemented his legacy, not only as a premier mathematician but also as a mentor, who has ushered in an new era of probable possibilities. Dr. Michael Lacey has had a impact that will continue to be felt by future generations, for decades to come.