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Hollywood Walk of Fame Adds Dolby

The late Ray Dolby is being honored by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PST.

Hollywood, CA (January 22, 2015)—The late Ray Dolby is being honored by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PST.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s star, in the category of Motion Pictures, will be dedicated in front of The Dolby Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard. Leron Gubler, president/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, will unveil the star alongside Sid Ganis, Francis Ford Coppola and Mrs. Dagmar Dolby. The event will be live-streamed on

Born in Portland, OR, Ray Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965. His pioneering work in noise reduction and surround sound led to the development of many state-of-the-art technologies, for which he was awarded more than 50 U.S. patents.

Among Dr. Dolby’s awards and honors 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); an honorary doctorate in science from Cambridge University (1997); and an honorary doctorate from the University of York (1999).

Dr. Dolby was awarded an Oscar statuette from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 1989 and an Oscar Class II (plaque) from AMPAS in 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); a Grammy award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (1995); a Berlinale Camera award from the Berlin Film Festival (2012); and the George Gund III Award from the San Francisco Film Society (2013).

He also received the Audio Engineering Society Silver (1971) and Gold (1992) Medals and the 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.

Dr. Dolby and his wife, Dagmar, were active in philanthropy and supported numerous causes and organizations. In recent years, two centers 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 Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research center at the University of California, San Francisco) and the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce