Michael Lacey is an American mathematician born in 1959. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 with his BS in Mathematics. Michael earned his Ph. D in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1987 being advised by Walter Phillip.
He began his career as an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge between 1987 and 1988. He was employed as an assistant professor from 1988-1989 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill before taking over the same position at Indiana University, Bloomington from 1989-1996. After this, he joined Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), Atlanta from 1996-2001 as an Associate Professor. He became a full Professor at GIT in 2001 a position he holds to date. He became an associate chair and a full professor for faculty in 2017.
In terms of awards and honors, he has numerous, starting with the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship received in 1990, and the Prix Salem which he was jointly awarded with Christoph Thiele in 1997. They were studying bilinear Hilbert transform and solved conjecture by Alberto Calderon. The Prix Salem Prize is funded by Princeton University and the Institute of Advanced Study. He also received Fulbright Fellowship, a three-month teaching and research award from Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008. In recognition for outstanding contributions to the communication, and utilization of mathematics, advancement, exposition, and creation, he became a member of the American Mathematical Society Fellow in the year 2013.
He has been a mathematician all his life and gives presentations at mathematical conferences in universities. Michael Lacey has addressed conferences and graced university across the world with his presentation going as far as China, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy among other places.
He guides and mentor Ph. D. and pre-doctoral students and organizes conferences, being part of editorial boards, and a peer review for mathematically related areas. As a pure mathematics professional, Michael Lacey remains highly interested in probability and harmonic analysis. He reviews more than 30 publications annually and gives an equal number of reference letters. Michael Lacey serves as the external reviewer of scientific organization in the world, for conferences and grants. They include Canadian Research Council, Australian Research Council, the Academy of Sciences Finland, Newton Institute, European Science Foundation, and Austrian Academy of Sciences