Among Dr. Dolby’s awards and honors are:
The National Medal of Technology from President Clinton (1997)
The Order of Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.) by Queen
Elizabeth II (1987)
Honorary Doctorate – of Science (Cambridge University 1997)
Honorary Doctorate (University of York 1999)
Dr. Dolby was awarded the following industry awards:
Oscar statuette from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Oscar Class II (plaque) from A.M.P.A.S. (1979)
Several Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences, including for the invention of the Ampex® video tape
recorder and his work for Dolby Laboratories. (1989, 2005)
Grammy from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Berlin Film FestivalBerlinale Kamera Award (2012)
San Francisco Film SocietyGeorge Gund III Award (2013)
Dr. Dolby also received medals from the following professional
Audio Engineering Society (AES) Silver (1971) and Gold
(1992) MedalsInstitute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Edison Medal
As a former Marshall Scholar, Dr. Dolby was also awarded the George C.
Marshall Award in 2003. He was inducted into the National Inventors
Hall of Fame in the U.S. and the Royal Academy of Engineers
in the UK in 2004.
In 2012, the iconic Hollywood landmark known to the world as the home of
the Academy Awards was renamed the Dolby® TheatreSM and the
site of the post-Oscars gala was renamed the Ray Dolby Ballroom in honor
of Dr. Dolby.
Together Dr. Dolby and his wife, Dagmar, were active in philanthropy and
supported numerous causes and organizations. In recent years, two
centers of science, research and patient care opened with their support,
the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at the
University of San Francisco’s Stem Cell Center and the Brain Health
Center at California Pacific Medical Center.
“Ray was generous, patient, intellectually honest and fair-minded.
Forever curious, unafraid and oh so persistent, whether we were driving
overland from India, flying his planes across the Atlantic or driving
the big bus around the National Parks, he not only gave us an exciting
life, but was a fantastic role model for our sons,” said Dagmar Dolby,
Dr. Dolby’s wife of 47 years.