Ray Dolby, founder of Dolby labs, dead at 80

Ray Dolby, the founder of Dolby Labs and the inventor of noise reduction in audio recordings, has died at the age of 80. Dolby had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the longest time and in July was diagnosed with having acute leukemia.

He became synonymous in the audio industry especially for his work on home audio and the cinema. He had won an Oscar, a Grammy award and two Emmy awards.

He was brought up in San Francisco, and he began his career in the audio-visual industry as he developed a videotape recording system for the Ampex organisation in 1950. He went on to complete his PHD at Cambridge University and founded Dolby in 1965. Over years Dolby earned 50 patents.

His son, Tom Dolby, who is novelist said, “Though he was an engineer at heart, my father’s achievements in technology grew out of a love of music and the arts.” He is survived by his wife Dagmar and his two sons.


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