Amar Bose | Audio firm founder, 83

Posted: July 15, 2013

Acoustics pioneer Amar Bose, 83, founder and chairman of the audio technology company Bose Corp., known for the rich sound of its small tabletop radios and its noise-canceling headphones popular among frequent fliers, has died. His death was announced Friday by the company's president, Bob Maresca, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Dr. Bose began his acoustics research and was on the faculty for more than 40 years.

Dr. Bose founded the company, based in Framingham, Mass., in 1964. Maresca said the company will remain privately held.

"Dr. Bose founded Bose Corporation almost 50 years ago with a set of guiding principles centered on research and innovation," Maresca said in a written statement. "That focus has never changed."

The company's products include elegant Wave system radios boasting "lifelike, room-filling sound," cushioned QuietComfort headphones for reducing background noises such as airplane engines, home theater accessories, and computer speakers.

In 2011, Dr. Bose gave MIT the majority of Bose Corp. stock in the form of nonvoting shares whose dividends are used to support education and research. MIT does not participate in management or governance of the company.

Dr. 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.

He 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. - AP

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