Regardless of whether or not you consider yourself an audiophile, or even a technology lover fascinated with audio, you've almost certainly heard of Bose
. The name is essentially impossible to avoid. It's in television ads, stores are plentiful, and just about every flight that departs has at least one person on there sporting a pair of Bose headphones. Much has been debated about the overall quality and general lack of transparency that the company shows when it comes to raw specifications, but all that aside, the technology universe lost a great figure this week.
Dr. Amar Bose, a former member of the MIT staff and the founder of Bose Corporation, passed away today at the age of 83. He received his earliest degree in electrical engineering, and went on to work at MIT through 2001 -- racking up a ton of awards in the process. In 1964, Bose Corporation was started. Unbeknownst to many, the company was expected to focus on long-term research; turns out, it became a powerhouse
in the consumer electronics realm.
“Dr. Bose founded Bose Corporation almost 50 years ago with a set of guiding principles centered on research and innovation. That focus has never changed, and never will,” said Bob Maresca, president of Bose Corporation. “Bose Corporation will remain privately held, and stay true to Dr. Bose’s ideals. We are as committed to this as he was to us. Today and every day going forward, our hearts are with Dr. Bose; and we will do everything we can to make him proud of the company he built.”