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Old Sep 12, 2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Ray Dolby, American audio pioneer, dies at 80

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Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80.

The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer.

Dolby founded his namesake company in 1965 and grew it into an industry leader in audio technology. His work in noise reduction and surround sound led to the creation of a number of technologies that are still used in music, movies and entertainment today.

"Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary," Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO of Dolby Laboratories, said in a statement.

Yeaman said that Dolby invented an entire industry around being able to deliver a sound experience. His work spanned helping to reduce the hiss in cassette recordings to bringing "Star Wars" to life on the big screen in Dolby Stereo.

Dolby held 50 U.S. patents and won a number of notable awards for his life's work, including several Emmys, two Oscars and a Grammy.

He was awarded the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the U.S. and the Royal Academy of Engineers in the UK, among many more honors. In 2012, the theater that serves as home to the Academy Awards was renamed the Dolby TheatreSM and the Ray Dolby Ballroom was named in his honor.

"Ray really managed to have a dream job," said Dagmar Dolby, his wife of 47 years. "Because he could do exactly what he wanted to do, whichever way he wanted to do it, and in the process, did a lot of good for many music and film lovers. And in the end, built a very successful company."

Dolby was born in Portland, Ore., and his family eventually moved to the San Francisco Peninsula. It was there that he started his professional work at Ampex Corp. working on videotape recording systems while he was still a student.

After graduating from Stanford University, he left Ampex to study at Cambridge University. Following his time as a United Nations adviser in India, he returned to England and founded Dolby in London. In 1976 he moved to San Francisco where the company established its headquarters.

Dolby's co-workers described him as inspiring and thoughtful man, who cared passionately about engineering.

"To be an inventor, you have to be willing to live with a sense of uncertainty, to work in the darkness and grope toward an answer, to put up with the anxiety about whether there is an answer," Dolby once said.

He is survived by his wife, Dagmar, his sons, Tom and David, their spouses, Andrew and Natasha, and four grandchildren.

Dolby and his wife were active in philanthropy and supported numerous causes and organizations. The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at the University of San Francisco's Stem Cell Center and the Brain Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center were opened with their support.

His family described Dolby as generous, patient, curious and fair.

"Though he was an engineer at heart, my father's achievements in technology grew out of a love of music and the arts," said Tom Dolby, son, filmmaker and novelist. "He brought his appreciation of the artistic process to all of his work in film and audio recording."
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Old Sep 12, 2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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Wow. What a guy he was.

Rest In Peace Ray.
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Wow. What a guy he was.

Rest In Peace Ray.
Indeed, he basically changed the way sound is heard.
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And all this time, I thought it was Thomas Dolby (read: Blinded Me with Science) that brought us that advancement in sound.

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And all this time, I thought it was Thomas Dolby (read: Blinded Me with Science) that brought us that advancement in sound.

RIP.

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Ya. It's a common mistake. Thomas uses Dolby as his stage names and was sued by Dolby labs.

After the release of "She Blinded Me With Science", Dolby Laboratories expressed concern regarding the musician's stage name. Dolby's record label refused to make him change his name, and Dolby Labs did not raise the issue again until later. After a lengthy legal battle, the court decided that Dolby Labs had no right to restrict the musician from using the name. It was agreed that the musician would not release any electronic equipment using the name.[6] (Coincidentally, inventor/founder Dr. Ray Dolby has a son named Thomas.)
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Some pretty cool stuff on the website right now.
http://www.dolby.com/us/en/about-us/...ray-dolby.html
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That's to bad. He did more that anyone person in sound. Where are the so-called "audiophiles" about his death?
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That's to bad. He did more that anyone person in sound. Where are the so-called "audiophiles" about his death?
Dolby's death is a sad event.

However, Edison (and others, I'm sure) made some small contributions to sound reproduction.

Also, just a suggestion...perhaps an obit thread is not the appropriate place for criticism of those who haven't posted. Express your feelings, and leave others to do what they wish.
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A great pioneer

I heard his death is going to be be marked by a minute's noise reduction.
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Sad to hear. The founder of BOSE recently passed away as well..
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I found Dolby NR to seem to mute the highs and lows on tapes. I ended using Metal tapes instead of Normal and left it off.

Ah, the days of "mix tapes", or recording your CD/Album for your Walkman...

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I found Dolby NR to seem to mute the highs and lows on tapes. I ended using Metal tapes instead of Normal and left it off.

Ah, the days of "mix tapes", or recording your CD/Album for your Walkman...

Oh yes..

I still have at least 5 tapes I need to figure out how to convert to MP3 or something to import into iTunes. A lot of the tapes I've made have at least some sound bites from DJs on radio stations that no longer exist.

It's one thing to play the song, but it's another to capture bits from that time in the recording as well.

sorta like having the commercials in the shows you taped on VHS.

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That's to bad. He did more that anyone person in sound. Where are the so-called "audiophiles" about his death?
Problem is .. "audiophiles" rarely use Dolby codecs unless they have to. Surround sound for home entertainment demands DTS or Dolby codecs (Digital, Digital Plus, or True HD up to 7.1)

But when it comes to music or any stereo reproduction, Dolby surround matrix (Pro Logic etc.) only make things worse.
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That's to bad. He did more that anyone person in sound. Where are the so-called "audiophiles" about his death?
He did lots in sound, Dolby Codecs are somewhat outdated, and he did conbriute a lot to sound, no audiophile is going to deny that, including me, he really helped push the Industry forward and will be missed. That's for sure.

The person audiophiles didn't care about is Dr. Bose. All he did was make overpriced junk that underperformed and looked kinda cool, thats why Audiophiles didn't care.

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