Amar Bose, Pioneer of High-End Audio, Dies at 83

Frustrated with the sound of a deluxe stereo he bought as a reward for finishing his doctorate in electrical engineering, Amar Bose founded Bose Corp., a leader in high-end audio products.

Mr. Bose, who died Friday at age 83, had been a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His discoveries led to new designs for speakers and other audio components that reputedly made him a billionaire.

Mr. Bose founded Framingham, Mass.-based Bose Corp. in 1964. The company’s first contracts were with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for improvements on audio communications. Soon after, Bose entered the commercial audio market with revolutionary speaker designs popular with audiophiles.

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