Bangalore, July 13: Dr Amar Bose-the founder and chairman of Bose Corporation is no more. A visit at the Bose website would take you to a journey of his life and works, but what catches your attention is his popularity among his employees and his customers. A glimpse into a few messages on the website are as follows:
"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent" - Victor Hugo
"Amazing simple sound. Thank you Dr Bose"
"I'll always remember my first pair of 151's. A decade and several sets of speakers later, I've never purchased another set that sounded as good. Thank you Dr. Bose for showing me what quality sound should be like."
Bose's demise was announced by the company's president Bob Maresca on the company website on Friday, July12. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he spent 40 years of his life researching acoustics and as a professor, was also among the first to condole his death.
Bose founded the Bose Corporation 50 years ago with a set of principals and ideals that centered on quality, research and innovation. "That has never changed and never will," said Maresca in his statement. He further declares that the company would be held privately and things will go on as they have always been.
Life and education
Bose was born in Philadelphia on November 2, 1929 to Noni Gopal Bose and an American mother. His traits as an entrepreneur and an electrical engineer were prominent at a tender age of 13 when he organised a group of friends to open a repairing shop for radios and model trains, to supplement his family's income.
His acumen as an engineer was evident in his graduation days at the Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pennsylvania. He enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied Bachelor of Science. Having done that, he spent some time in Netherlands researching in NV Philips Electronics and a year in New Delhi as a fulbright student. He completed his PhD in electronic engineering from MIT, where he wrote a thesis on non-linear systems.
His career began as an Assistant Professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he found a motivation to do research on extensive speaker technology that concentrated on the weaknesses of the high-end speakers that were found at that time. Hence, his research culminated into the invention of stereo-speakers that would reproduce "life-like" sound in a domestic setting.
Contribution to education
In the year 2011, he donated a majority of the company in the form of non-voting shares to MIT (which could not be sold) to sustain and advance MIT's education and research development. Furthermore, he remained a professor there till 2001.
Rest in Peace Dr. Bose and thanks for revolutionizing acoustics.