In the nearly 50 years since Dr. Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories, the company has transformed the entertainment experience from the cinema to the living room to mobile entertainment. Tens of thousands of films and billions of products and devices with Dolby technologies have made their way to theatres, homes, and consumers’ hands around the world. The industry has awarded Dolby Laboratories with 10 Academy Awards® and 14 Emmy® Awards for its ground-breaking achievements throughout the years. Today, the company’s audio and imaging technologies are an essential part of the creative process for recording artists and filmmakers, who continue to use Dolby® tools to bring their visions to life.
Among Dr. Dolby’s awards and honours are:
· The National Medal of Technology, received from President Clinton (1997)
· The Order of Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.), awarded by Queen Elizabeth II (1987)
· Honorary doctorate in science (Cambridge University, 1997)
· Honorary doctorate (University of York, 1999)
Dr. Dolby was awarded the following industry awards:
· Oscar® statuette from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS, 1989)
· Oscar Class II (plaque) from AMPAS (1979)
· Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, including for the invention of the Ampex® video tape recorder and his work for Dolby Laboratories (1989, 2005)
· Grammy® award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (1995)
· Berlinale Camera award from the Berlin Film Festival (2012)
· George Gund III Award from the San Francisco Film Society (2013)
Dr. Dolby also received medals from the following professional institutions:
· Audio Engineering Society (AES) Silver (1971) and Gold (1992) Medals
· Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Edison Medal (2010)
As a former Marshall Scholar, Dr. Dolby was also awarded the George C. Marshall Award in 2003. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the United States and the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom in 2004.
In 2012, the iconic Hollywood landmark known to the world as the home of the Academy Awards was renamed the Dolby Theatre® and the site of the post-Oscars gala was renamed the Ray Dolby Ballroom in honor of Dr. Dolby.
Together, Dr. Dolby and his wife, Dagmar, were active in philanthropy and supported numerous causes and organizations. In recent years, two centres of science, research and patient care opened with their support: the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building (which houses the Eli and Edythe Broad Centre of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research centre at the University of California, San Francisco) and the Ray Dolby Brain Health Centre at the California Pacific Medical Centre in San Francisco.
WHO: Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
WHAT: Dedication of the 2540th star on the Walk of Fame in the category of Motion PicturesWHERE: 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Dolby TheatreWHEN: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PST Guest speakers: Past President Academy of Motion Picture Arts & SciencesSid Ganis and Francis Ford CoppolaAccepting the star will be Mrs. Dagmar DolbyEvent will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com