Dr Amar Bose 1929-2013

Dr Amar Bose, founder of the company that bears his name, has died at the age of 83.

He started the Bose Corporation in 1964 and went on to develop speakers, audio systems and noise-cancelling headphones for which the brand became famous around the world. We voted the Bose QuietComfort 15s the best noise-cancelling headphones in our 2012 Awards.

Bose also found success in the automotive market, with its audio systems being fitted to cars manufactured by the likes of Alfa Romeo, Audi, Cadillac, Nissan, Porsche and Renault.

MORE: Read our Bose Solo TV and Bose SoundDock II reviews

Perhaps best known for the developing the popular Bose Wave Radio, Dr Bose trained as an electrical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and served as a professor on the MIT faculty for 45 years. In 2011 he donated a majority of his company’s shares to the school.

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.”

Nevertheless, Bose grew into one of the largest audio brands in the world with its revenues in 2011 reportedly reaching $2.8 billion.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.