Arlington, Va., September 13, 2013 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the consumer electronics (CE) industry mourn the death of Dolby Laboratories Founder and CE Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Ray Dolby.
Forever known as the man who took the hiss out of tape recording and transformed movie sound, Dr. Dolby founded his namesake company in 1965. His groundbreaking work led to the development of breakthrough technologies such as noise-reduction and surround sound. He held more than 50 U.S. patents and received numerous awards including an Oscar, several Emmys, a Grammy and the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Edison Medal. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton and inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the U.S. and the Royal Academy of Engineers in the U.K. He was inducted into the CE Hall of Fame in 2000.
"The consumer technology industry has lost a true legend and pioneering visionary," said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. "Dr. Dolby exemplified the innovative spirit our association champions. He founded and built one of the most successful companies in the world, forever changing how we listen to music, movies and television. His legacy lives on each time we marvel at and are moved by the amazing clarity and immersive sound of our audio and video entertainment. Our hearts and thoughts are with Dr. Dolby's family, friends and colleagues."
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