The AES recognizes and honors those who have made outstanding
contributions to the field of audio in engineering, technology,
service, and the arts through its Awards Program.
In 2017, Mark Davis was presented with the
AES Silver Medal Award in recognition of several decades of outstanding achievements and developments in psychoacoustically informed audio engineering for cinema and home entertainment, including early-breakthrough analog signal processing, novel phased-array loudspeaker design, the dbx/MTS stereo television noise-reduction system, the AC-3 algorithm (basis for Dolby Digital cinema soundtracks), key elements of Dolby Atmos, plus dissemination of the understanding and application of audio technology innovations.