Who isn’t familiar with the famous brand Bose? Today Bose has become a multinational billionaire company for selling their unique audio devices. Amar Gopal Bose, whose name, like no other, is associated with high-quality audio systems, speakers and headphones. Dr. Amar Gopal Bose was born on November 2, 1929, in Philadelphia, to an American schoolteacher and Noni Gopal Bose, a freedom fighter and Calcutta University physicist who escaped to the U.S. in 1920 after being jailed for protesting the British rule in India. Even as a child, Bose earned pocket money through radio repairs.
His father had become a firm follower in young Amar’s tremendous interest in acoustics and electronics. In 1947, he was said to have borrowed $10,000 to help his son get admission to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He started his career by studying in a renowned college MIT. As an MIT student, he studied electrical engineering while manufacturing high-quality audio hardware. At 24, he founded Bose Corporation, which currently has more than 9,000 employees worldwide. Going public was never an option for Bose.
Throughout his life, he was closely associated with MIT. As a professor, he taught acoustics there for 45 years. In the year 2011, Bose donated a large portion of the company’s shares to the university. The legendary Bose 901 Direct / Reflecting speaker system from 1968 has become a bestseller for more than 25 years. When MIT offered him a teaching position, Dr. Bose took it up quickly.
His company earned a huge amount of profits when car manufacturing companies like Mercedes and Porsche incorporated their cars with Bose systems in the 1980s. Later, Bose Wave Radio and Noise Cancellation headphones were added. But Bose Corporation not only supplies audio hardware, but also software that can simulate the acoustics of large rooms and concert halls before they are built.
He concluded in his life that it was not just the production of sound but also its perception that made for good listening. As a result, he would incorporate the principles of this field. Unfortunately he took his last breath on July 12, 2013 at the age of 83 in Wayland, Massachusetts. He has inspired millions of people worldwide.