Engineer Ray Dolby Dead At 80
September 13, 2013 at 6:16 AM (PT)
Condolences to the family and friends of RAY DOLBY, "the inventor who took the hiss out of the soundtrack of our lives, died THURSDAY at his home in SAN FRANCISCO," reports SFGATE.COM.
DOLBY was 80, and had been diagnosed with leukemia, in addition to battling Alzheimer's disease.
SFGATE.COM notes, "the name DOLBY first became common decades ago when the sound wizard developed a system for eliminating the static noise on cassette tapes used for copying music from vinyl albums. The 'Dolby' button on a cassette deck was a requirement for every college stereo. His influence also extended to film, where he helped bring "Star Wars" to life and created an entire industry devoted to the sound experience."