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A trademark used for an electronic device that eliminates noise from recorded sound and audio signals.
Ray Dolby invents the Dolby
sound system in 1965
Thomas Morgan Robertson
The Thomas Dolby stage name originated from a nickname that he picked up in the early 1970s, when he was "always messing around with keyboards and tapes". His friends nicknamed him "Dolby", from the name of the audio noise-reduction process of Dolby Laboratories used for audio recording and playback. Robertson chose to adopt the stage name "Thomas Dolby" to avoid confusion with British singer Tom Robinson, who was popular when Robertson began his career. Early publicity implied that "Dolby" was a middle name, and that the artist's full name was Thomas Morgan Dolby Robertson; this is legally incorrect, but he does sometimes informally go by the initials TMDR.
release of _She Blinded Me with Science_ MP3, Dolby Laboratories expressed concern regarding the
musician's stage name. Dolby's record label refused to make him change his
name, and Dolby Labs did not raise the issue again until later. After a
lengthy legal battle, the court decided that Dolby Labs had no right to
restrict the musician from using the name. It was agreed that the musician
would not release any electronic equipment using the name.
Inventor/founder Dr. Ray Dolby had a son named Thomas, now a novelist
professionally known as Tom Dolby.