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09-12-2013, 08:02 PM

Ray Dolby, the US engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise reduction in audio recordings, has died in San Francisco aged 80.

Ray Dolby's name become synonymous with cutting background hiss in tape recordings.

After completing his PhD at Cambridge University in England, in 1965 he founded Dolby Laboratories in London. The company grew to be an industry leader in audio technology, cutting background hiss in tape recordings and later bringing out "surround sound".

Mr Dolby moved his company to San Francisco in 1976 and in 1989 was awarded an Oscar for his contributions to cinema. He shared the award with Dolby executive Ioan Allen.

He also received a Grammy award in 1995 and Emmy awards in 1989 and 2005.