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Amar BoseAmar Gopal Bose (born November 2, 1929) is the chairman and founder of Bose Corporation. A Bengali Indian American electrical engineer, he was listed on the 2007 Forbes 400 with a net worth of $1.8 billion.
Bose was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; his father, Noni Gopal Bose, was an Indian freedom revolutionary from Bengal who having been imprisoned for his political activities, fled Kolkata (Calcutta) in the 1920s in order to avoid further prosecution by the British colonial police.
Amar Bose attended Abington Senior High School and later obtained a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His PhD thesis was a highly mathematical treatise on non-linear systems.
Amar Bose first displayed his entrepreneurial skills and his interest in technology at age thirteen, when, during the World War-II years, he enlisted school friends as co-workers in a small home business repairing model trains and home radios, to supplement his family's income.
Not yet wealthy, Bose entered MIT as a work-study student with a great deal of practical experience in electronics. After six years, he graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering in the early 1950s. Bose spent a year in Eindhoven, Netherlands, in the research labs at NV Philips Electronics and a year in New Delhi, India, as a Fulbright student where he then met his future wife, Prema, from whom he is now divorced.
On return to MIT as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Bose embarked on research in acoustics that led him to invent a stereo loudspeaker that would reproduce, in a domestic setting, the dominantly reflected sound field that characterizes the listening space of the audience in a concert hall.
Bose was awarded significant patents in two fields which, to this day, are important to the Bose Corporation. These patents were in the area of loud speaker design and non-linear, two-state modulated, Class-D, power processing. To found his company in 1964, for initial capital, he turned to angel investors including his MIT thesis advisor and professor, Dr. Y. W. Lee (who invested his life savings on the effort
During his early years as an electrical engineering professor, Bose bought a high-end stereo speaker system in 1956 and was reportedly underwhelmed by the performance of his purchase. This would eventually pave the way for his extensive speaker technology research, concentrating on key weaknesses in the high-end speaker systems available during Bose's time, and focusing on psychoacoustics, which would become a hallmark of the company's audio products. Applying similar psychoacoustic principles to headphone technology, Bose created the Tri-Port Earcup Drivers."
Today, the Bose Corporation is a multifaceted entity with more than 10,000 employees, worldwide, that produces products for home, car, and professional audio, as well as conducts basic research in acoustics, automotive systems, and other fields. In addition to running his company, Bose was a Professor of electrical engineering at MIT for many years until he retired after the Fall 2000 term maintaining the title of professor and still teaching an acoustics class.
His son, Vanu Bose, is the founder and CEO of Vanu, Inc., a firm whose software-based radio technology provides a wireless infrastructure that enables individual base stations to simultaneously operate GSM, CDMA, and iDEN. His daughter, Maiya, is a practicing chiropractor. Amar Bose maintains homes in Wayland, Massachusetts, and in Hawaii. He is married to Ursula Boltzhauser, a senior manager at Bose Corporation.
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