Ray Dolby

About Ray Dolby

Who is it?: Founder and director emeritus, Dolby Laboratories Inc. (Cl A)Founder and director emeritus, Dolby Laboratories Inc. (Cl A)
Birth Day: January 18, 1933
Birth Place: United States
Education: San Jose State University 1951–1952, 1955 Washington University, St. Louis 1953–1954 Stanford University, B.S.E.E., 1957 Pembroke College, Cambridge, Ph.D., 1961
Spouse(s): Dagmar Bäumert (m. 1966)
Children: Tom Dolby David Dolby
Discipline: Electrical engineering, physics
Institutions: Dolby Laboratories
Projects: Dolby NR
Significant design: Surround sound
Awards: National Medal of Technology (1997) Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1987)
Service/branch: U.S. Army
Years of service: early 1950s

Ray Dolby

Ray Dolby was born on January 18, 1933 in United States, is Founder and director emeritus, Dolby Laboratories Inc. (Cl A)Founder and director emeritus, Dolby Laboratories Inc. (Cl A). Audio tech titan Ray Dolby died on Sept. 12, 2013 after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and acute leukemia. He was 80.The founder of Dolby Laboratories, he played clarinet as a child and became fascinated with reed vibrations. Audio and video company Ampex hired him at age 16 to develop electrical components of its tape recording system. He earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Cambridge. In 1963, Dolby took up a two-year appointment as a United Nations adviser in India, and then returned to London to found Dolby Laboratories in 1965. He made his fortune with audio-processing systems that eliminate background noise. The first inception of the system was used on the soundtrack of the 1971 hit "A Clockwork Orange." He took Dolby public in 2005. He is survived by wife Dagmar, who assumed control of the family's Dolby shares after Ray's death, and two sons.
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As per our current Database, Ray Dolby has been died on September 12, 2013(2013-09-12) (aged 80)\nSan Francisco, California, U.S..

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When Ray Dolby die, Ray Dolby was 80 years old.

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Occupation Technology
Age 80 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 18, 1933 (United States)
Birthday January 18
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Nationality United States

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Dolby was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Esther Eufemia (née Strand) and Earl Milton Dolby, an Inventor. He attended Sequoia High School (class of 1951) in Redwood City, California. As a teenager in the decade following World War II, he held part-time and summer jobs at Ampex in Redwood City, working with their first audio tape recorder in 1949. While at San Jose State College and later at Stanford University (interrupted by two years of Army service), he worked on early prototypes of video tape recorder technologies for Alexander M. Poniatoff and Charlie Ginsburg. As a non degree-holding "consultant", Dolby played a key role in the effort that led Ampex to unveil their prototype Quadruplex videotape recorder in April 1956 which soon entered production.


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 the University of Cambridge, where he was a Research Fellow at Pembroke College.


After Cambridge, Dolby acted as a technical advisor to the United Nations in India, until 1965 when he returned to England, where he founded Dolby Laboratories in London with a staff of four. In that same year, 1965, he officially invented the Dolby Sound System, a form of audio signal processing. His first U.S. patent was not filed until 1969, four years later. The filter was first used by Decca Records in the UK.


Dolby died of leukemia on September 12, 2013, at his home in San Francisco at the age of 80. Dolby was survived by his wife Dagmar, two sons, Tom and David, and four grandchildren. Kevin Yeaman, President and chief executive of Dolby Laboratories, said "Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary." Neil Portnow, President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said Dolby had "changed the way we Listen to music and movies for nearly 50 years" and that Dolby's "technologies have become an essential part of the creative process for recording artists and filmmakers, ensuring his remarkable legacy for generations to come."


In his will, Dolby bequeathed more than $52 million to Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, the largest single donation received by the University's current fundraising campaign. In December 2017 it was announced that his family has donated a further £85m from his estate to Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory.

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