Adieu Amar Gopal Bose : The Sound Silenced


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 28 , 2013           10.30 P.M.

Amar Gopal Bose

November 2, 1929  – July 12, 2013

He 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. In 2011, he donated a majority of the company to MIT in the form of non-voting shares to sustain and advance MIT’s education and research mission.

In 2007 he was listed in Forbes 400 as the 271st richest man in the world, with a net worth of $1.8 billion .

Following graduation, Bose became an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his early years as a professor, Bose bought a high-end stereo speaker system in 1956 and he was disappointed to find that speakers with impressive technical specifications failed to reproduce the realism of a live performance. This would eventually motivate his extensive speaker technology research, concentrating on key weaknesses in the high-end speaker systems available at the time. His research on acoustics led 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. His focus on psychoacoustics later became a hallmark of his company’s audio products.

The company Bose founded now employs more than 9,000 people worldwide and produces products for home, car, and professional audio, as well as conducting basic research in acoustics and other fields. Bose never made his company public, and since the company was privately held Bose was able to pursue risky long-term research. In a 2004 interview in Popular Science magazine, he said: “I would have been fired a hundred times at a company run by MBAs. But I never went into business to make money. I went into business so that I could do interesting things that hadn’t been done before.”

In addition to running his company, Bose remained a professor at MIT until 2001. In 2011, Bose donated a majority of the company’s non-voting shares to MIT on the condition that the shares never be sold.

Bose retail store located in Century City, LA, USA

Bose retail store located in Century City, LA, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bose Car-Hifi

Bose Car-Hifi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Picture of the Bose Computer MusicMon...

Picture of the Bose Computer MusicMonitor speaker system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Photograph of Bose MediaMate computer...

Photograph of Bose MediaMate computer speakers with a Bose “Triport CD Music System” compact disc player. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bose Lifestyle 11

Bose Lifestyle 11 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: photograph of my 1989 Bose Acoustimas...

Photograph of 1989 Bose Acoustimass speaker system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bose TriPort headphones

Bose TriPort headphones (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is sad that before his death , the name Amar Gopal Bose and his achievements were unknown to me . It is so shameful that I never ever heard or knew about him earlier . I take pride in the fact that my general knowledge is satisfactory , if not very good . But how come I never knew him ? How come his life and gigantic accomplishments by passed me ?

I saw a tweet by Mr. Shekhar Kapoor on the day he died and slowly , as several other luminaries started tweeting about him , I got to know about his life and about his company ” Bose ” . I knew Bose sound system and its legendary audio products . In fact I use them in my car . But it never occurred to me that it belonged to some Indian . I assumed that Bose is some unknown word of either German or Spanish origin . It never occurred to me that Bose represents our own famous Bengali name .


Amar Gopal Bose died on Since July 12 and I am writing and posting this obituary on July 28 . A full 16-day-gap in unexplainable and unpardonable . Now I have decided to be more regular . I hope this type of procrastination will never be my way of working .



On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I bow my head in reverence and offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Bose .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to share the grief with them .


[ Since I knew nothing about A. G. Bose or Amar Gopal Bose , so naturally I have taken all the information about him from the Wikipedia . I express profound gratitude and indebtedness . ]





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