Amar G. Bose

Audio innovator

In the 1950s, Amar G. Bose, an MIT grad student and classical-music lover whose father had fled to the U.S. from India after being imprisoned for opposing British rule, treated himself to a new stereo system. It had impressive specs but sounded terrible. In frustration, he researched how to build a better speaker and in 1964 turned his discoveries into a start-up he named after himself. Bose Corp. didn't really gain momentum until 1968's 901 speaker, whose unorthodox design bounced sound off a room's back wall to create a spacious effect not unlike that of a concert hall. The company went...

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