Bose Corp. Founder Dies At 83

Amar Bose, chairman and founder of Bose Corp., appears in front of the company's Framingham headquarters in 2007. (Steven Senne/AP)

Amar Bose, chairman and founder of Bose Corp., appears in front of the company’s Framingham headquarters in 2007. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — Amar Gopal Bose, founder and chairman of the audio technology company Bose Corp., has died. He was 83.

His death was announced Friday by the company’s president, Bob Maresca, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Bose began his acoustics research and was on the faculty for more than 40 years.

In an online statement, Maresca said Bose “was an incredible mentor and inspiration to Bose employees around the world.”

Bose founded the company, based in Framingham, in 1964. It is known for making radios and noise-canceling headphones. Maresca said the company will remain privately held.

In 2011, Bose gave MIT the majority of Bose Corp. stock in the form of non-voting shares whose dividends are used to support education and research. MIT does not participate in management or governance of Bose Corp.

To MIT News, the university’s president, L. Rafael Reif, said:

Amar Bose was an exceptional human being and an extraordinarily gifted leader. He made quality mentoring and a joyful pursuit of excellence, ideas and possibilities the hallmark of his career in teaching, research and business. I learned from him, and was inspired by him, every single time I met with him. Over the years, I have seen the tremendous impact he has had on the lives of many students and fellow faculty at MIT. This proud MIT graduate, professor and innovator was a true giant who over decades enriched the Institute he loved with his energy, dedication, motivation and wisdom. I have never known anyone like him. I will miss him. MIT will miss him. The world will miss him.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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