50 Years of Innovation
1965: Dolby founded in London.
1966: Dolby creates first product to reduce noise in music recordings.
1971: A Clockwork Orange is the first film to use Dolby noise reduction.
1976: Dolby moves headquarters to San Francisco.
1977: Star Wars opens with Dolby Stereo®.
1982: Dolby creates surround sound for the home.
1989: Ray Dolby and Ioan Allen awarded Oscars® for contributions to cinema sound.
1992: Batman Returns is the first movie to be released in Dolby Digital.
1996: Dolby receives Scientific and Engineering Award from AMPAS for design and development of Dolby Digital sound system.
1998: First live HDTV broadcast with 5.1-channel Dolby Digital audio.
1999: Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace debuts in Dolby Surround EX.
2004: Primetime Emmy® Award presented by NATAS to Dolby for outstanding achievement in engineering development.
2005: Dolby completes initial public offering.
2006: New Korean office opens in Asia, joining offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong.
2010: Dolby Professional Reference Monitor PRM-4200 is awarded TV Technology Mario Award.
2012: Dolby acquires rights to Dolby Theatre®.
2012: Dolby reinvents cinema sound with Dolby Atmos®.
2013: Dolby enters business communications with Dolby Voice®.
2014: Dolby launches Dolby Vision™.
2014: Dolby launches Dolby Cinema™.
2015: Ray Dolby receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2015: Dolby wins two Daytime Emmys for its work with Silent.