Ray Dolby, the American sound engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80 at his San Francisco home.
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.
"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 suffered from Alzheimer's disease and was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July. He is survived by his wife, two sons and his grandchildren.
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