BOSE – The Master of Sound

Bose Corporation is an audio equipment company popularly known for their high-quality audio systems and speakers for home users, auditoriums and automobiles. BOSE was founded by Amar G. Bose in the year 1964.

During Bose’s engineering days at MIT, he had purchased a stereo system and was disappointed with its performance. This gradually led him to research the importance of reverberant (indirect) sound on perceived audio quality. His research was to focus upon the fundamental weaknesses plaguing high-end audio systems.

It is said that BOSE researched for about 8 years before he made his first loudspeaker product, the model 2201. He finally came to the conclusion that imperfect knowledge of psychoacoustics limits the ability to adequately characterize quantitatively any two arbitrary sounds that are perceived differently.

Bose Corp’s first products were high-power amplifiers produced under contract to the US military. The company that started in with a handful of people is now an international success. Bose subsidiaries, distributors, and manufacturing facilities are found throughout the world.

In addition, Amar G. Bose’s position as chairman and technical director of Bose Corp, he retained his MIT faculty appointment as professor of electrical engineering and computer science. During his tenure, his focus was on acoustics engineering innovation.

In a 2004 interview in Popular Science magazine, he said: “I would have been fired a hundred times at a company run by M.B.A.’s. But I never went into business to make money. I went into business so that I could do interesting things that hadn’t been done before.

On Friday, July 12, 2013 Amar G. Bose died in his home in Wayland, Massachusetts. He was 83. The cause of death has not been declared. Amar G. Bose was firm in his belief that only the best education can lead to the best technology and innovation.

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