Kingdom like the sound of £85m Dolby gift

The University Of Cambridge

The family of sound pioneer Ray Dolby has made a donation of £85m of its heritage at the University of Cambridge.

The us-born engineer was best known for his work in the development of the noise reduction and surround sound technology. He died in 2013 aged 80 years.

The donations will go to the Department of Physics Cavendish Laboratory where Mr. Dolby was working on his Doctoral thesis in 1961.

It is the second largest gift to the university in his 808-year history after Bill Gates has donated $210m in 2000.

The University Of Cambridge

Mr. Dolby came to Cambridge as a Marshall scholar in 1957 and studied physics at Pembroke College, which has itself received £35m of its estate in 2015.

The legacy will complete the redevelopment of the Cavendish Laboratory, known as Vac III, with the Ray Dolby Center, which will open in 2021/22.

A group of research and professor of physics, will also be named in honor of the inventor.

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Professor Andy Parker, head of the Cavendish, said: “In addition to serving as a home for research in physics at the university of Cambridge, it’s going to be one of the best in-class facilities for the nation.

“This donation is the largest investment in research in physics in generations.”

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Mr. Dolby’s widow, Dagmar, said the university has played a vital role in his life, “both personally and professionally”.

Cambridge Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope has also described the gift as “a tribute to Ray Dolby’s legacy”.

“His work has paved the way for an entire industry,” he said.

“A century from now, we can only speculate about the discoveries that will change the way we live our lives and by which, new industries have been born in the Cavendish Laboratory, thanks in large part to this extraordinarily generous gift.”

The multi-million pounds of gift also the growth of University of Cambridge £2 billion fund-raising campaign – which was launched in 2015 on the halfway mark.

The campaign to support students and to the facilities of the university, as well as boost its international reputation.