Amar Bose in the U.S. Inventors Hall of Fame

Date:   Wednesday , April 02, 2008

Joining the ranks of Thomas Alva Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright Brothers in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the U.S is the Indian inventor Amar Bose, aptly called as the ‘sultan of sound’. A pioneer in modern acoustics, known for high-end audio products bearing his name, has been inducted as one of the seven living 2008 inductees.

The citation released last month for the 78-year-old, who founded the Bose Corporation in 1964, says, “Bose has introduced a variety of products through his company, including the 901 direct and reflecting speaker systems, customized sound systems for automobiles, and active noise-reducing headphone.” Bose, who also holds over two dozen patents, has said: “Inventions come from people who are motivated or driven to make things better.”

Born in the U.S. to a Bengali father and a German mother, he earned his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was faculty from 1956 till 2001. His research at MIT led to the development of new, patented technologies. He founded Bose Corporation in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Bose Corporation, acclaimed internationally for groundbreaking products, develops and manufactures audio equipment, including speakers, amplifiers, headphones, and sound systems for luxury cars.

In 1987, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, a trade group in Virginia that promotes the $148 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, named Bose ‘Inventor of the Year’. Las year, they also elected him to the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame.

The only other Indian origin person in the Inventors’ Hall of Fame is Rangaswamy Srinivasan, a former IBM scientist inducted in 2002 for his pioneering work on excimer laser surgery. Now 79, he came to the U.S. after earning his M.Sc. from the University of Madras. The Hall of Fame Foundation has honored 371 inventors till 2007, including many posthumously, in recognition of their technological advances and contributions that make human, social, and economic progress possible.