The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will include a special tribute to the late American inventor Ray Dolby during the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony on Feb. 16 in Los Angeles. Dolby’s work in noise reduction and surround sound led to the development of many technologies used in the film, television and recording industries.
Dolby, who passed away in September, was an inventor, engineer and founder of Dolby Laboratories, an environment where scientists and engineers continue to advance the science of sight and sound to make entertainment and communications more engaging. Founded in 1965, the company’s technologies are an essential part of the creative process for recording artists and filmmakers.
“Ray Dolby was a brilliant scientist whose inventions are in use every day in recording studios, sound editing suites, mix stages and cinemas worldwide,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “He was a giant in our industry and we take great pride is saluting his many contributions to our craft.”
Dolby is best remembered for the development of the noise reduction system that bears his name and delivered sound recordings with greater clarity and fidelity. He also developed the first commercially-viable surround-sound system, which led to the widespread use of 5.1- and 7.1-channel sound systems in theaters and homes around the world.
Dolby holds more than 50 U.S. patents. He was also the recipient of two Academy Awards for Scientific or Technical Achievement, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and numerous other awards and honors, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.