Ray Dolby, the founder of Dolby Industries, has passed away at the age of 80 at his San Francisco home.

The sound engineer and audio pioneer, who also co-invented the tape recorder, is most famous for his surround sound technology - Dolby Digital. During his career he was awarded several Emmys, two Oscars and a Grammy.

Dolby had been diagnosed with leukaemia in July and had also suffered from Alzheimer's in recent years. He leaves behind is wife Dagmar, two children Tom and David and four grandchildren. [via Best Fit]

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