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- Published on Thursday, 12 September 2013 15:48
- Written by Gordon Meyer
Ray Dolby, the engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories, died September 12 in San Francisco. He was 80 and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and was diagnosed in July with leukemia. Dolby’s company first gained global recognition with the introduction of his noise reduction technology, first introduced in the mid-1960s that became a standard feature of pre-recorded on audio cassettes.
Dolby began his career in electronics In the years following World War II when he began work at Ampex in Redwood City, California. While still a student first at San Jose State University and then Stanford University he helped develop early prototypes of video tape recorder technologies for Alexander M. Poniatoff and Charlie Ginsburg and was a significant contributor the development of Ampex’s quadruplex videotape in April 1956.
In 1957, Dolby received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford. He subsequently won a Marshall Scholarship for a Ph.D. (1961) in physics from Cambridge University, where he was a Research Fellow at Pembroke College, the first American to be named a fellow at that prestigious institution.
Under his leadership, Dolby Laboratories has received 10 Academy Awards and 13 Emmy Awards for its achievements throughout the years. Dolby holds more than 50 U.S. patents.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1060 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043, or the Brain Health Center, c/o CPMC Foundation, 45 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.