July 17, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
Amar G. Bose, sound pioneer and founder of his eponymous company, has died at the age of 83. Bose started his sound revolution in the 1950s, driven by a desire to create a home stereo system that delivered the realism of live music. He created his privately held company in 1964.
Bose, whose father emigrated from India, was born and raised in Philadelphia. He was interested in electronics as a teen and used to make small electrical toys to supplement his family's income. He studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, eventually completing his Ph.D.
Bose is best known for the Wave radio and surround-sound home theater systems, but pilots know him for revolutionizing the aircraft cockpit by, in 1989, inventing the first Acoustic Noise Cancelling headset, which actively reduces aircraft noise.
According to a Mashable interview in December 2011, Bose began his research on noise-canceling headsets after trying a pair of electronic headphones on a flight from Zurich and not being able to hear because of loud cabin noise. In 1995, the company released the Acoustic Noise Cancelling headset Series II, which AOPA named “Product of the Year.”
Bose was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, in 2008 for achievements in audio technology that "have significantly influenced the quality of how we live."
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