Amar G. Bose, Founder Of Bose Passes Away Aged 83
Dr. Amar Bose, the man who “revolutionized” the way people listen to their music through headphones, and other acoustic designs, passed away at the age of 83, according to the Bose Corporation. No cause of death was immediately given.
Amar, who was a professor of electrical engineering at MIT, where he had also previously earned his doctorate, focused relentlessly on acoustic engineering innovation and his speakers earned a reputation for bringing concert-hall-quality audio into the home.
The late engineer pursued risky long-term research, such as noise-canceling headphones and an innovative suspension system for cars, without the pressures of quarterly earnings announcements.
In a statement posted to the company’s website, Bob Maresca, President of the Bose Corporation, praised Bose for his hard work and dedication. “It is impossible to put into words what Dr. Bose meant to each of us, and to Bose. [He] was more than our Chairman. He was our teacher—always encouraging us, always believing that we could do great things, and that anything was possible. He was an incredible mentor and inspiration to Bose employees around the world. Today, and everyday going forward, our hearts are with him, and our work will honor him,” he said.
Maresca said the company will remain privately held. In 2011, Bose gave MIT the majority of Bose Corp stock in the form of non-voting shares whose dividends are used to support education and research. MIT does not participate in management or governance of the company.
Bose, who was born and raised in Philadelphia to parents who were natives of India, received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from MIT, all in electrical engineering.
Bose was asked to join the faculty in 1956, and he accepted with the intention of teaching for no more than two years, the university said. He continued as a member of the MIT faculty until 2001.
A true inspiration for many across the globe.