Amar G. Bose, founder and chairman of the audio technology company Bose Corp. died on July 12 at his home in Wayland, Mass at the age of 83. He was the founder of the company best known for its noise-canceling headphones and popular tabletop radios. Bose’ death was announced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where Dr. Bose began his acoustics research that the company built off of and where he was a faculty member for more than 40 years, according to The Washington Post. DJs also know the Bose name for the innovative cylindrical speaker systems the company introduced for mobile sound reinforcement, which combine high-quality sound and distinctive styling.
Bose, by all accounts, was a man obsessed with sound quality. As the story goes, in the early 1950s he was appalled by the poor sound quality of an high-end record player. He became devoted to improving loudspeakers and to the study of acoustics. It was this passion and determination that eventually lead him and his company to the top-tier in the realm of speakers and headphones.
“It is impossible to put into words what Dr. Bose meant to each of us, and to Bose,” said Bose President Bob Maresca in a statement announcing Dr. Bose’s death on the company website. “He was more than our chairman. He was our teacher–always encouraging us, always believing we could do great things, and that anything was possible…We are as committed to this as he was to us. His vision is our history and our future, and Bose Corp. will forever be his company.”
Dr. Bose also leaves behind an impressive legacy with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught, and as a leading member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2008.
Filed Under: Issue #152, Profiles, Sound
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