Michael Lacey’s Math Brilliance Breaks New Ground

Can numbers change the world? They can under then sharp pencil of Michael T. Lacey. He is not only among America’s foremost working mathematicians, he has earned a stellar world reputation for his contribution to the science of numbers.


The groundbreaking proofs and solutions Michael Lacey has produced are astounding. Consider that, working with German mathematician Christoph Thiele, he solved a key element of the bilinear Hibert transform — a contribution of incalculable importance. This work demystified many aspects within the critical science of signal transmission. It has wide application across the spectrum of the telecommunications industry.


For his work on the Hibert transform, Lacey was awarded the prestigious Salem Prize. That’s the equivalent of an Oscar in Hollywood, or perhaps the Pulitzer Prize in journalism and literature.


Lacey’s career began in earnest after he completed his doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He studied under Dr. Walter Philip, an Austrian mathematician of world reputation. He teamed up with his mentor to provide a proof for the almost sure central limit theorem. He completed this milestone while working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


In 1989, Dr. Lacey accepted a position at Indiana University. While there he was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship. This is the resource he used to work on the Hibert transform equations.


Lacey’s tenure at Indiana lasted through 1996. He then accepted a position at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Here again he embarked on groundbreaking work after receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2010 Lacey was inducted into the American Mathematical Society.


Other area of research for Michael Lacey have touched on probability statistics, ergodic theory and harmonic analysis. Ergodic theory involves the study of dynamical system that take on invariant measures and other factors. It’s an area that emerged from statistical physics.


The remarkable feature of most of Dr. Lacey’s work has been the solid practical applications in engineering, physics and science that have resulted. For Michael Lacey, math has always been more than just an exercise in playing with numbers. His work has made contributions to science that have made solid contributions in the real world.