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Dolby estate gives Cambridge University Cavendish lab £85m

From BBC - December 5, 2017

The family of sound pioneer Ray Dolby has donated 85m from his estate to Cambridge University.

The US-born engineer was best known for his work in developing noise reduction and surround-sound technology. He died in 2013 aged 80.

The donation will go to the Department of Physics' Cavendish Laboratory where Mr Dolby worked on his PhD in 1961.

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

Mr Dolby came to Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar in 1957 and studied physics at Pembroke College which itself received 35m from his estate in 2015.

The bequest will complete the redevelopment of the Cavendish Laboratory, known as Cav III, with the Ray Dolby Centre set to open in 2021/22.

A research group and a professorship in physics will also be named in honour of the inventor.

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