"My father is deeply honored to have been chosen for this recognition,"
Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, stated, "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. His accomplishments epitomize the reason that the Charles S. Swartz award was created."
The HPA Awards were launched in 2006 and have become a standard by which creative and technical excellence in the art, science and craft of post production is measured. The Charles S. Swartz Award was created to honor a person, group, company or technology that has made a significant artistic, technological, business or educational impact on post production. The mission of this award is to recognize broad and lasting contributions that have advanced and/or provided some unique purpose to the field of post production.
Ray Dolby was born in Portland, Oregon in 1933. While still in high school, he worked at Ampex Corporation in California, where he focused on audio and instrumentation projects and was primarily responsible for the development of the electronic aspects of the Ampex(r) videotape recording system. He received his BS degree from Stanford University in 1957 and earned a PhD in physics from Cambridge University in England in 1961. In 1963, Ray took up a two-year appointment as a United Nations advisor in India. Returning to England in 1965, he established Dolby Laboratories in London, where he created the renowned Dolby(r) A-Type noise reduction system. In 1976, Ray 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, among them the Dolby Digital Surround Sound system used by tens of thousands of movie theaters worldwide.
Ray's accomplishments and those of his company are extensive and legendary. He is a Fellow and past President of the Audio Engineering Society, and a recipient of its Silver and Gold Medal Awards. He is an Honorary Member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and a recipient of its Samuel L. Warner Memorial Award, Alexander M. Poniatoff Gold Medal, and Progress Medal. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted him a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1979 and an Academy Award(r) in 1989, when he was also presented an Emmy(r) Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Additional industry honors Ray has received include the 2004 Médaille du Festival de Cannes and the 2012 Berlinale Camera award. A holder of more than 50 patents, Ray 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.
The award to be presented to Ray Dolby was 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 and helped to build it into the industry's premier test bed for new digital cinema technologies. Charles was a member of the Hollywood Post Alliance Board of Directors until his passing in 2007. The Charles S. Swartz Award is not bestowed every year, but rather as worthy recipients are identified. Ray Dolby is just the third recipient in the history of the HPA Awards.
About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.
About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.