,Thursday, July 08, 1999
Ray Dolby Receives Honorary Degree From University of York
Today, Dolby founder and Chairman Ray Dolby was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of the University of York. University Chancellor Dame Janet Baker presented Dolby with the award at a ceremony for this year�s biology, electronics, and psychology graduates.
Dolby, who has pioneered major technical innovations in noise reduction for sound recording, was born in Portland, OR in 1933, studied at Stanford University and later received a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University in England. After developing the electronic aspects of the Ampex videotape recording system, he founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965 to work on noise reduction in recording. In 1986, Dolby was made an honorary OBE (Order of the British Empire) and received an Academy Award in 1989.
The presentation speech today was given by Dr. James Angus, an Electronics Senior Lecturer. For more information about Ray Dolby and Dolby Laboratories, visit