Ray Dolby

Ray Dolby, the pioneer of noise reduction technology and surround-sound in modern entertainment and a great friend of UCSF, passed away at his home in San Francisco on September 12, 2013. He was 80 years old.

Among many contributions to UCSF, Ray and his wife Dagmar were a key philanthropic force behind the construction of the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building. Since its opening in 2011, the building they made possible has housed one of the largest and most comprehensive stem cell research programs in the United States.

Throughout his career, Dr. Dolby was committed to innovation and fostering environments where people could do great things. The investment in UCSF’s stem cell research program reflected that commitment, creating a space that will encourage the cross-pollination of ideas between world-class scientists for decades to come.