Ray Dolby leaves Cambridge a quiet £85 million

December 6, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The American inventor of noise reduction systems has left Cambridge University the second biggest bequest in its history and Pembroke ‘the biggest change to our College in 650 years’.

Dolby came to Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar in 1957 and stayed for four years, reading physics at Pembroke.

He went on to pioneer important innovations in the audio industry before his death, aged 80, in 2013.

The bequest, of which £35m goes to Pembroke and £50m to build a new physics lab, was made by his widow and son.

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Comments (4)

  1. John Borstlap says:

    Wonderful….. One would wish that a noise reduction system would also be developed for the classical performance culture, to reduce its hype, its empty bubbles, conventions, and of course for the new music circuit where lots of noise is around:

    1. Sue says:

      I was thinking exactly the same thing. Perhaps Dolby needed to call his philanthropic legacy “sonic art reduction”. Same thing, I guess. Personally I prefer the sound of my diesel Mercedes purring every time I turn on the ignition!!

      1. CrakowskiSmok says:

        Oh you fillystein you LOL

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