Amar Bose

Amar Bose

Date Of Birth2 November 1929
Age83 years 8 months 10 days
Day of BirthSaturday
Place Of BirthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date Of Death12 July 2013
Place Of DeathWayland, Massachusetts, United States
ProfessionsProfessor , Scientist , Entrepreneur
Full Name Amar Gopal Bose
Other Names Amar G Bose , Dr. Amar G Bose
Name(Bengali) আমার বসে

Personal Information
Mother Tongue English
ReligionHinduism (non practicing)
Languages Bengali , English
Star SignScorpio
Nationality American
EthnicitiesMultiracial , Bengali , Indian-American
Sexual Orientation Straight
Family Information
Father Noni Gopal Bose (Bengali Indian)
Mother Charlotte Bose (American)
Son Vanu Bose
Wives Ursula Boltzhauser (married -2013)
Prema Bose (divorced)
Daughter Maya Bose
Granddaughter Kamala Bose (daughter of Vanu Bose)
Daughter In-Law Judith L. Hill (Wife of Vanu Bose)
Education Qualifications
Education (Graduation) Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (MIT)
Education (High School) Abington Senior High School, Abington, Pennsylvania
Alma MaterMassachusetts Institute of Technology.
Education (Post-Graduation) PhD (MIT)
Body Features & Measurements
Height178 CM
1.78 M
5 Feet 10 Inches
70 Inches
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Career Information
Years Active 1964-2013
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
Favorite SportBadminton
Favorite Musical instrument Violin
Social Networks, Web links
Wiki PageWiki Page
More Information
Net worth $1.2 billion (2011)


Amar G Bose was an American Scientist, Professor , researcher and Entrepreneur. He is well known for founding the Bose Corporation(1964), an audio equipment designing, developing and selling company. Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, audio systems, vehicle sound systems are quite popular and are 'the' Brand looked for.

Personal Life, Childhood, Family

Amar Bose was born on November 2, 1929 to an Indian father of Bengali descent, His father Noni Gopal Bose was a freedom fighter in India, he had to leave India to escape an intended imprisonment by the British, he arrived at Ellis Island, USA in 1920 with just $5 in his pocket. Bose's mother Charlotte was a school teacher, she was of French-German ancestry.

At those times in the United States a person of color would not be served in public restaurants, there was prejudice especially against the African Americans though not against East Indians. Noni Bose would pretend to be an African American while facing such situations and demand equality, those impressions stuck firmly in Amar's mind.

 Amar Bose Childhood: Father Noni Bose and mother Charlotte

Image: Amar Bose Childhood: Father Noni Bose and mother Charlotte

Dr Bose's father was a nominal Hindu, his mother Charlotte was quite fascinated by Vedanta and Hindu philosophy, it was during the lectures on Vedanta that they met. It was a regular Hindu household with lot of Indian influence. Dr Amar Bose was not a religious person, he meditated regularly for short periods and attributes some qualities he imbibed to the philosophy of his parents.

First Marriage: Bose lived in New Delhi, India for a year as a Fulbright research fellow, here he met his future Wife Prema, Bose and Prema met at a spiritual discourse by a Swami on Vedanta. The couple had two children, Vanu Bose (born in 1965) and a daughter named Maya Bose.

Amar Bose's Daughter Maya Bose

Image: Amar Bose's Daughter Maya Bose

Vanu Bose: Son Vanu Bose is a graduate from MIT, he also has a PhD from MIT. He is the founder and CEO of Vanu, Inc. An organization working on software-defined Radio technology. In 2005 his company worked with Indian organizations to make cell phone rates cheaper in India. He also founded Vanu Coverage Company a subsidiary of Vanu, Inc. In 2007 Vanu married Judith L. Hill, they have a daughter name Kamala Bose.

Amar Bose with son Vanu Bose & granddaughter Kamala Bose

Image: Amar Bose with son Vanu Bose & granddaughter Kamala Bose

Second Marriage: Bose married colleague Ursula Boltzhauser later in his life after the divorce with his first wife Prema.

Amar Bose's second wife Ursula Boltzhauser

Image: Amar Bose's second wife Ursula Boltzhauser

Education & Career

Amar was part of the Bo Scout team at the age of 13, he saw a friend use the radio and it fascinated Bose, he used the diagrams and figured out how radios worked, it helped him in repairing Radios and making a business out of it in his teens.

He was accepted into MIT in 1947, his father Noni Bose borrowed a sum of $10,000 for his son's education, he was scared of his survival there, the tough competition he got encouraged him to study hard, he would be the first to enter the library at 7 O clock, he eventually got good enough grades to get scholarship from the university.

After his graduation at the MIT he got an opportunity to work there as a faculty, he initially rejected not knowing how much fun it could be to teach.

Organization: Bose was full of ideas for audio technology, In 1964 he started a company to work on Audio devices. He gathered some of his colleagues at MIT and made it a special organization that is today.

First product: In January of 1968, he released a product named Bose-901 to the market. The sales took off and the company spread around the world.

Noise Cancelling headphones: In 1978 on his travel in a plane he used the headphone that had been provided, he was fascinated by that new idea, but was disappointed by the quality of it. While still flying in his seat, he took out pencils and made plans for better quality headphone which would reduce the sound to nil.

He made plans to design a Noise cancelling headphone which would use Noise to cancel noise, it was at the time considered a ridiculous idea, being an Electrical Engineer Bose knew his stuff. It gave rise to the future noise cancelling headphones used today.

The first of the Noise cancelling headphones was introduced on trial on business class place headphones and the customer feedback was extraordinary, it propelled the company to next level.

Bluetooth speakers, home theater systems are among the inventions of Bose Corporation.

Philanthropist: Later in 2011, he donated majority of his Bose Corporation shares for the sake of supporting research & Development at MIT. The staff at MIT was thrilled, "what do you want us to do with it?" they asked, "Whatever you feel fit" was his answer.

First 50 years of Dr Amar Bose- A documentary


Dr. Bose died on July 12, 2013 at the ripe age of 83 in his home at Wayland, Massachusetts. He is survived by his Wife Ursula Boltzhauser, two children (Vanu Bose & Maya Bose) and a grand daughter named Kamala(at that time)

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