Ray Dolby, U.S. inventor of surround sound, dies at 80Ray Dolby, the billionaire U.S. inventor whose name became synonymous with high-end home and cinema surround sound, has died. He was 80.
He died on Thursday at his home in San Francisco, according to a statement by Dolby Laboratories. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and was diagnosed in July with acute leukemia, the San Francisco-based company said.
Through the company he founded in 1965, Dolby pioneered noise-reduction and surround-sound technologies that are used in movies, cinemas, personal computers and home theater equipment.