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Ray Dolby
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Inventor
    (January 18, 1933-September 12, 2013)
    Born in Portland, Oregon
    Electrical engineer
    Received over 50 patents
    Invented the Dolby noise reduction system and Dolby surround sound
    Founded Dolby Laboratories (1965)
    Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2004)
    Worth $2.4 billion (2012)
    Dolby Labs, Dolby noise reduction, Dolby surround sound -- somebody seems to have a bit of an ego.
    He has a son named Tom, but not the one you're thinking of.
    His opinions on digital recording included 'It's the wrong way to do it' and 'Sanity will prevail and the digital systems will fade into disuse.'
    We are sure those opinions had nothing to do with digital recording not requiring his noise reduction system.
    When he was in high school and college, he had a part time at Ampex where he helped develop the first video tape recorder.
    Sound mixer Michael Minkler said, 'When we made 'Star Wars,' there's literally no way a movie of that magnitude was ever going to make it without Dolby noise reduction.'
    A sound engineer noted, 'When you think of high quality sound, you think of Dolby.'
    For his technical innovations, he received an Oscar (1989), a Grammy (1995) and two Emmys (1989,2005).

Credit: C. Fishel


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