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Amar Bose Dead at 83

July 15, 2013

Acoustic engineer and inventor Amar G. Bose has died at his home in Massachusetts, his family said. He was 83.

Bose, the founder and chairman of Bose Corp., known for high-end audio systems and speakers, died Friday, his son, Dr. Vanu G. Bose, confirmed. The cause of death was not reported, The New York Times said.

Bose began working in acoustic engineering when he was an engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1950s, after being disappointed by the sound produced by an expensive stereo system he purchased. He founded the company in 1964 after creating a stereo speaker based on psychoacoustics, the study of sound perception.

He introduced the Bose 901 Direct/Reflecting speaker system in 1968, and it became a best-seller for more than 25 years.

While running his company, Bose was also teaching at MIT, where he remained on the faculty until 2001.

"He talked not only about acoustics but about philosophy, personal behavior, what is important in life. He was somebody with extraordinary standards," MIT Professor Alan Oppenheim said.




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