NEW YORK: Indian American pioneer Amar Bose, who revolutionized the acoustic world and founded the Bose Corporation, died on Friday.
Bose, whose name became synonymous with desktop computer speakers, headphones and home theatre accessories, was 83.
The death of Bose, who was born to Indian freedom fighter Noni Gopal Bose and an American mother in Philadelphia in 1929, was announced by the Bose Corporation president and his alma mater the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he joined the faculty in 1956 and remained on it till 2001. His father had fled to the US from Calcutta after his imprisonment by the British in 1920s.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Dr Amar Bose has passed away,’’ said Bose Corporation president Bob Maresca in a statement.
Bose, who did his bachelor, masters and a Ph.D in electrical engineering from MIT, set up the Bose Corporation in 1964 near Boston. To this day, it remains a privately held company.
Maresca said, “Bose Corporation will remain privately held, and stay true to Dr. Bose’s ideals. We are as committed to this as he was to us. Today and every day going forward, our hearts are with Dr. Bose; and we will do everything we can to make him proud of the company he built.”
But in 2011 Bose had donated a majority of non-voting shares of his company to his alma mater with the condition that MIT will never sell them. The dividend from the shares funds research.
Paying tribute to the Indian American acoustic pioneer who revolutionized sound systems through tabletop radios and headphones, MIT President L. Rafael Reif said, “Amar Bose was an exceptional human being and an extraordinarily gifted leader.’’
Reif said, “He made quality mentoring and a joyful pursuit of excellence, ideas and possibilities the hallmark of his career in teaching, research and business. I learned from him, and was inspired by him, every single time I met with him. Over the years, I have seen the tremendous impact he has had on the lives of many students and fellow faculty at MIT…I have never known anyone like him. I will miss him. MIT will miss him. The world will miss him.”
A Fulbright scholar, Bose held numerous patents in nonlinear systems, acoustics and related areas.
Forbes listed him as the 271st richest man in the world in 2007 with his net worth at $1.8 billion. In 2011, his net worth was put at $1 billion.
Bose’s son Vanu Bose is the founder of radio software tech company called Vanu Inc.