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Amar Gopal Bose ( ) (born November 2, 1929) is the chairman and founder of Bose Corporation. An American electrical engineer of Indianmarker and Anglo-American descent, he was listed on the 2007 Forbes 400 with a net worth of $1.8 billion.

Parents

The child of an Indianmarker father and white American mother, Bose was born and raised in Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker. His father, Noni Gopal Bose, was an Indianmarker freedom revolutionary from Bengalmarker who having been imprisoned for his political activities, fled Kolkatamarker in the 1920s in order to avoid further prosecution by the Britishmarker colonial police.

Amar Bose first displayed his entrepreneurial skills and his interest in electronics 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.

Education

Bose enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technologymarker, graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering in the early 1950s. Bose spent a year in Eindhovenmarker, Netherlandsmarker, in the research labs at NV Philips Electronics and a year in Delhimarker, Indiamarker, as a Fulbright student where he met his future wife, Prema, from whom he is now divorced. He completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT, writing a highly mathematical thesis on non-linear systems.

Career

Following graduation, Bose took a position at MITmarker as an Assistant Professor. He focused his research on acoustics, leading 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 a 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 12,000 employees, worldwide, that produces products for home, car, and professional audio, as well as conducts basic research in acoustics, automotive systems, and other fields.

Bose Corporation, as a privately held company, does not publish its financial numbers, however a few hundred shareholders do receive audited annual financial statements.

In addition to running his company, Bose remained a professor at MIT until 2000.

Family

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.

Awards

  • Elected Fellow of IEEE, 1972 - for contributions to loudspeaker design, two-state amplifier-modulators, and nonlinear systems. He was probably the first person of Indian origin to be elevated to this level by IEEE in the field of electronics.
  • 271st in the 2007 Forbes 400 List
  • Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 2008


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