Ray Dolby Dies

Dolby Laboratories founder dies at 80
  • Ray Dolby
September 12, 2013 -- 2:59 pm PDT
GRAMMY.com

Recording Academy Technical GRAMMY Award recipient Ray Dolby, the inventor and engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories, died Sept. 12 following a battle with acute leukemia and Alzheimer’s disease. He was 80. Born in Portland, Ore., Dolby attended Stanford University and then worked at Amex Corp. where he served as chief designer of the first professional videotape recording system. Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965 as an environment for scientists and engineers to push the limits of sights and sound. Among the company’s groundbreaking technologies are the Dolby noise reduction system, a form of audio compression and expansion introduced in 1965 that reduces background hiss in tape recording. Throughout his career, Dolby earned four Oscars for technical achievement and multiple Emmy Awards. His Recording Academy Technical GRAMMY Award was presented in 1995. "With Dolby Laboratories, his passion for sound led to innovations that have changed the way we listen to music and movies for nearly 50 years," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "His technologies have become an essential part of the creative process for recording artists and filmmakers, ensuring his remarkable legacy for generations to come."

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