Dolby estate gives Cambridge University Cavendish lab £85m

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Ray Dolby died in 2013 on the age of 80

The household of sound pioneer Ray Dolby has donated £85m from his property to Cambridge College.

The US-born engineer was greatest identified for his work in creating noise discount and surround-sound expertise. He died in 2013 aged 80.

The donation will go to the Division of Physics’ Cavendish Laboratory the place Mr Dolby labored on his PhD in 1961.

It’s the second largest present to the college in its 808-year historical past after Bill Gates donated $210m in 2000.

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Ray Dolby gained a PhD in physics from Pembroke School, Cambridge

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

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

A analysis group and a professorship in physics may also be named in honour of the inventor.

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Professor Andy Parker, head of the Cavendish, mentioned: “Along with serving as a house for physics analysis at Cambridge, it is going to be a top-class facility for the nation.

“This present is probably the most vital funding in physics analysis in generations.”

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The cash will go in the direction of improvement of the brand new Cavendish Laboratory, which specialises in physics

Mr Dolby’s widow, Dagmar, mentioned the college performed a pivotal position in his life “each professionally and personally”.

Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope additionally described the donation as “a becoming tribute to Ray Dolby’s legacy”.

“His analysis paved the best way for a complete business,” he mentioned.

“A century from now, we are able to solely speculate on which discoveries will alter the best way we stay our lives and which new industries could have been born within the Cavendish Laboratory, largely because of this terribly beneficiant present.”

The multimillion-pound donation additionally pushes Cambridge College’s £2bn fundraising marketing campaign – which was launched in 2015 – over the midway mark.

The marketing campaign will help college students and college amenities, in addition to increase its worldwide fame.

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