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Amar G Bose – Sultan Of Sound

Amar Gopal Bose (November 2, 1929  – July 12, 2013) was an Indian American academic and entrepreneur. An electrical engineer and sound engineer, he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for over 45 years. He was also the founder and chairman of Bose Corporation.

Bose was born and raised in Philadelphia and was passionate about electronics and electrical equipment since his teens. Though he was not a frequent visitor to India, Bose was deeply connected to his Indian roots.

“An important lesson that I’ve learnt from my Indian background is that the fallout of research is not always tangible. In fact, while R&D in a given direction may not even spawn any products it could give birth to other ideas. When I was a Fulbright scholar in India in 1956, I had visited the Ramakrishna Mission in Bangalore, where I learnt a very important lesson in life from one of the swamijis. He asked me if all my ideas came after a long analytical process or as a flash of inspiration. I then realised it was the latter,” Bose had told ET.

And his love for music, which was the inspiration behind the famous sound systems, encompassed Bengali songs by Rabindranath Tagore. The other passion which he associated with his Indian roots was his love for badminton, a game not very popular in the US.

Honors & Awards:

  • Fellow, IEEE, 1972 – for contributions to loudspeaker design, two-state amplifier-modulators, and nonlinear systems.
  • Honorary member, Audio Engineering Society, 1985.
  • The 2010 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award, for “outstanding contributions to consumer electronics in sound reproduction, industrial leadership, and engineering education”.
  • In 2011, he was listed at #9 on the MIT150 list of the top 150 innovators and ideas from MIT.



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