July 12, 2013 By Steve Crowe
Dr. Amar G. Bose, audio tech pioneer and the founder of Framingham, Mass-based Bose nearly 50 years ago, died at 83, according to statements from Bose and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). No cause of death was immediately given.
Bose started Bose in 1964 based on research he conducted at MIT.
Bose received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from MIT, all in electrical engineering, according to MIT News. He joined the MIT faculty in 1956 with the intention of teaching for no more than two years, MIT News says, but he continued as a member of the MIT faculty until 2001.
In a statement of the company website, Bose president Bob Maresca, praised Bose for his hard work and dedication.
“It is impossible to put into words what Dr. Bose meant to each of us, and to Bose. [He] was more than our Chairman. He was our teacher - always encouraging us, always believing that we could do great things, and that anything was possible.
“Dr. Bose was an incredible mentor and inspiration to Bose employees around the world. Today, and everyday going forward, our hearts are with him, and our work will honor him.
“Dr. Bose’s discoveries revolutionized industries, and his generous spirit changed people’s lives. There is no end to the good he has done.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.”
MIT president Rafael Reif says he learned a lot from the “extraordinarily gifted leader.”
“He made quality mentoring and a joyful pursuit of excellence, ideas and possibilities the hallmark of his career in teaching, research and business. I learned from him, and was inspired by him, every single time I met with him,” says Reif. “Over the years, I have seen the tremendous impact he has had on the lives of many students and fellow faculty at MIT. This proud MIT graduate, professor and innovator was a true giant who over decades enriched the Institute he loved with his energy, dedication, motivation and wisdom. I have never known anyone like him. I will miss him. MIT will miss him. The world will miss him.”
In 2011, Bose gave MIT the majority of Bose stock in the form of non-voting shares whose dividends are used to support education and research. MIT does not participate in management or governance of Bose Corp.