Ray Dolby given rare honour

Ray Dolby, the founder of Dolby Labs and famed for his work in noise reduction for film and sound technologies, is to receive the Charles S Schwartz Award from the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA). The award will be received by Dolby’s son David at a ceremony on November 1st in Los Angeles.

Leon Silverman, president of the HPA, stated, “The HPA is honored to recognize Ray Dolby, whose lifetime of creative innovation has had a profound impact on our industry and society. Through his own contributions to image and sound recording technology, and through the company he founded, Ray has played and continues to play a fundamental role in countless hours of entertainment enjoyed by audiences around the globe. His accomplishments epitomize the reason that the Charles S. Swartz award was created.”

Born in 1933, Ray Dolby was an early member (and while still at high school) of the AMPEX team where he focused on audio and was primarily responsible for the development of the electronic aspects of the Ampex videotape recording system.  He retired from Dolby’s Board of Directors last year.

Ray Dolby is only the third recipient of the Schwartz award.

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