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Dr. Amar Gopal Bose in Inventors' Hall of Fame
by Anurag Sharma


If you know music, you probably know Bose. Amar Gopal Bose, a pioneer in modern acoustics and the founder of the Bose Corporation which is known for the high-end audio products bearing his last name, has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the US, which has previously honoured Thomas Edison, Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers. Rangaswamy Srinivasan, a former IBM scientist is another inventor of Indian origin who was inducted in 2002 for his pioneering work on excimer laser surgery.


Born in the US, Bose is among 18 inventors to be honoured in 2008. Eleven of these inventors are getting this honor posthumously in May.

The citation released last month reads: "Bose has introduced a variety of products through his company, including the 901 Direct/Reflecting speaker system, customised sound systems for automobiles, and active noise-reducing headphone."

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1973 by the US Patent and Trademark Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations.

Raised in Philadelphia, Bose holds over two dozen patents. He earned his Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He later served MIT as faculty from 1956 till 2001. His research at MIT led to the development of new, patented technologies. Those patents later led the foundation of the Bose Corporation in Framingham, Massachusettswhich is now world renowned leader in audio equipments including the best of speakers, amplifiers, headphones and sound systems.

Bose Corporation provides jobs to 8,000 people in the USA, owns over 150 stores, and has annual revenue of $1.8 billion.

Bose has also been named Inventor of the Year in 1987 by the Intellectual Property Owners Association and elected last year to the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, a trade group in Virginia that promotes the $148 billion US consumer technology industry.

The School of Engineering at MIT instituted the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching in his honor in 1990.

© Anurag Sharma