Amar Bose, acoustics pioneer and founder of Bose Corporation, is dead at 83


Dr. Amar Bose, an acoustics pioneer and founder of the Bose Corporation, has died, according to MIT, where he was once a member of the faculty. He was 83 years old. He is survived by his son, Vanu Bose.

According to a MIT release, he joined the university in 1956 and started a research program in physical acoustics and psychoacoustics. He later won many patents in acoustics and other technologies.

He started Bose Corporation in 1964. In 2011, he gave a majority of his stock in Bose Corporation to MIT. The company is privately held and according to a statement from company’s president Bob Marseca, it will remain privately owned.

At one time, the company was well known for its home audio systems, but lately Bose’s work has become an integral part of our digital lives. Bose makes noise-canceling headphones and smartphone related accessories. It is also a big player in portable digital audio market.

Bose was born and raised in Philadelphia. He was born on on Nov. 2, 1929. His father was an Indian freedom fighter who emigrated to the United States, and his mother was American. At age 13, he started to repair radio sets for pocket money and later to help his family. Bose, spent his entire life on researching and furthering the field of acoustics. According to the New York Times, in an interview with the Popular Science magazine he said:

“I would have been fired a hundred times at a company run by M.B.A.’s. But I never went into business to make money. I went into business so that I could do interesting things that hadn’t been done before.”

Dr. Amar G. Bose – Last lecture of Fall ’96 Acoustics Course

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