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Founder of Dolby Laboratories dies

September 12, 2013 • Business


FILE In this Nov. 1, 2012 file photo, Honoree Ray Dolby poses during the 2012 Hollywood Post Alliance awards at the Skirball Center, in Los Angeles, Calif. Dolby Laboratories said Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, that Dolby, an American inventor, audio pioneer, and founder of the company, died in his home in San Francisco. He was 80. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — 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. The innovations Login to read more

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