Ray Dolby, the man who changed the way we hear movies and music, passed away on September 12 at the age of 80. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and was diagnosed with Leukemia this past summer.
His Dolby noise reduction sound system gained wide popularity after the release of Star Wars in 1977, and Dolby Laboratories was involved in the sound post-production of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.
Some of the recognition he received during his lifetime includes two Oscars, a few Emmys, a Grammy, an honorary OBE (Order of the British Empire), and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Thank you, Mr. Dolby, for your great contributions to film and music. Rest in peace… Your legacy lives on.
You can read more about his life and achievements here.