From the L.A. Times:
Ray Dolby, 80, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. The company he founded, Dolby Laboratories, released a statement saying he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years and in July was found to have acute leukemia.
The Dolby Sound System was first used commercially in recording studios nearly 50 years ago and then adopted by the film industry.
“You could divide film sound in half: there is BD, before Dolby, and there is AD, after Dolby,” said Oscar-winning film and sound editor Walter Murch last year at the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards that honored Dolby.
Eliminating hiss, along with other sound enhancements invented by Dolby, allowed filmmakers to use far more sophisticated multi-track, surround-sound audio to transport audiences into fantasy worlds. […]
• Ray Dolby: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Dolby