Dolby, who received a doctorate in physics in 1961 from Cambridge, is credited with engineering noise reduction in tape recordings. Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965 in London, and eventually moved his company to San Francisco in 1976. He was born in Oregon in 1933.
Ray Dolby, Inventor of Surround Sound for Cinemas, Dies at 80
"Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary… Ray Dolby founded the company based on a commitment to creating value through innovation and an impassioned belief that if you invested in people and gave them the tools for success they would create great things."
Dolby Laboratories President and Chief Executive Kevin Yeaman
Dolby received an Oscar— for his contributions to cinema— two Emmy's and a Grammy.