Audio technology inventor Ray Dolby died at his San Francisco home on Thursday, aged 80. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years.
Dolby founded his company, Dolby Laboratories, in 1965, building a team of scientists and engineers to advance audio and visual technologies. He himself is best known for his work on noise reduction and surround sound.
In a statement, Dolby Laboratories’ current President and CEO Kevin Yeaman said: “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. Ray’s ideals will continue to be a source of inspiration and motivation for us all”.
Ray’s son David, who also sits on the company’s board of directors added: “My father was a thoughtful, patient and loving man, determined to always do the right thing in business, philanthropy, and as a husband and father. Our family is very proud of his achievements and leadership. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy of innovation will live on”.
The company also prepared this video tribute to its founder:
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