Ray Dolby, the 64-year-old founder and chairman of Dolby Laboratories, has been named by President Clinton as one of five recipients of the 1997 National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest technology honor.
Established by Congress in 1980 and administered by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the medal is awarded to individuals, teams and companies in recognition of technological innovation and the advancement of U.S. global competitiveness.
In announcing the award, the White House cited Dolby for “inventing technologies that have dramatically improved the recording and reproduction of sound, fostering adoption worldwide, and propagating a vision of how innovative audio-processing technologies could enable new formats for recording and listening.”
Educated at Stanford and Cambridge Universities, Dolby founded the San Francisco-based company bearing his name in 1965. He holds 50 U.S. patents and has earned numerous technical and industry awards, including an Oscar and an Emmy.