Ray Dolby, the pioneer of Noise Reduction in Audio Recordings died

Ray Dolby, the Engineer who pioneered the noise reduction in audio recordings died. He was the founder of Dolby Laboratories.

Sep 13, 2013 16:16 IST
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Ray DolbyRay Dolby, the American Engineer and the pioneer of noise reduction in audio recordings died on 12 September 2013. He was the founder of Dolby Laboratories. The 80 year aged Ray Dolby in his end days suffered from Alzheimer disease.

His works in noise reduction and surround sound has been appreciated across the world and have won recognitions too.

About Ray Dolby

• Ray Dolby was born in Portland, Oregon in 1933 and grew up in San Francisco.
• He started his career working in Ampex Corporation, when he was a student. He helped in the early development of videotape recording systems
• In 1963, Ray took up a two-year appointment as a United Nations advisor in India
• He returned to England in 1965 to establish Dolby Laboratories in London
• Ray served as chairman of Dolby’s Board of Directors from 1965 until 2009, and retired from the board in 2011.
• He holds more than 50 US patents, and has written papers on videotape recording, long-wavelength X-ray analysis, and noise reduction.

Educational History of Ray Dolby

• He received a PhD degree in physics from Cambridge in 1961 and was elected a Research Fellow of Pembroke College (Honorary Fellow, 1983). During his last year at Cambridge, he was also a consultant to the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.
• He was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship
• In 1957, he received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University
• During his last year at Cambridge, he was also a consultant to the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.

Fellowships and Honorary Membership

• Audio Engineering Society (AES)
• Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
• British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society
• Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
• Royal Academy of Engineering


• Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Scientific and Engineering Award; Academy Award of Merit (Oscar)
• National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement; Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development; Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award
• AES: Silver and Gold Medal Awards
• SMPTE: Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal Award; Alexander M. Poniatoff Gold Medal; Progress Medal
• IEEE: Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award; Edison Medal
• American Electronics Association: David Packard Medal of Achievement
• Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame
• National Inventors Hall of Fame
• Médaille du Festival de Cannes
• Berlinale Camera

Honorary Degrees and National Recognition

• US National Medal of Technology
• Doctor of Science, Cambridge University
• Doctor of the University, University of York
• Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
• Ray makes his home in San Francisco with his wife, Dagmar Dolby. Ray and Dagmar have two sons, Tom and David

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