Hollywood Post Alliance to Honor Ray Dolby

The pioneering inventor and engineer will be recognized with the Charles S. Swartz Award at the HPA Awards on Nov 1.

Ray Dolby, the inventor, engineer and founder of Dolby Laboratories, will be honored with the Charles S. Swartz Award at the Hollywood Post Alliance’s seventh annual HPA Awards, which will be held Nov. 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Dolby’s son, David Dolby, is expected to accept the award on his father’s behalf.

The HPA Awards recognize creative and technical excellence in postproduction, and the Charles S. Swartz Award honors a person, group, company or technology that has made a significant artistic, technological, business or educational impact on post production. Dolby is the third recipient of the award, named in honor of the late Charles S. Swartz, who led the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California from 2002 until 2006.

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Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories in London, where he created the Dolby A-Type noise reduction system, in 1965. In 1976, he moved to San Francisco and established offices, laboratories and manufacturing facilities where his team focused on the development of technology for film and other industries, creating the Dolby Digital Surround Sound system now used by tens of thousands of movie theaters worldwide.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Dolby with a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1979 and an Academy Award in 1989. The same year, he received an Emmy the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1995 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004. He served as chairman of Dolby’s board of directors from 1965 until 2009 and retired from the board in 2011.

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“The HPA is honored to recognize Ray Dolby, whose lifetime of creative innovation has had a profound impact on our industry and society. Through his own contributions to image and sound recording technology and through the company he founded, Ray has played and continues to play a fundamental role in countless hours of entertainment enjoyed by audiences around the globe,” HPA president Leon Silverman said.

“My father is deeply honored to have been chosen for this recognition,” David Dolby said. “Ray has always been committed to achieving transparency between the work of creative professionals and audiences around the world. We look forward to celebrating my father’s work and contributions at the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards.”