Vanu bose, 52, brought cel­lu­lar ser­vice to re­mote ar­eas

The Republican Herald - - OBITUARIES - by Jes­siCa siLVerGreeNberG

Vanu Bose, who reimag­ined cel­lu­lar net­works and ex­tended ser­vice to peo­ple liv­ing in re­mote re­gions of the world, died Satur­day in Con­cord, Mas­sachusetts. He was 52.

The cause was a pul­monary em­bolism that he had suf­fered in a hos­pi­tal emer­gency room, his wife, Judy Bose, said.

Bose was a son of Amar G. Bose, the founder of the Bose Corp., the com­pany, based in Fram­ing­ham, Mas­sachuetts, known for its high-qual­ity au­dio sys­tems and speak­ers. But the younger Bose was an in­no­va­tor in his own right.

In­stead of fol­low­ing his fa­ther into the fam­ily busi­ness, he branched out to found his own com­pany, Vanu Inc., while pur­su­ing his doc­tor­ate at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

Vanu Inc., in Lex­ing­ton, Mas­sachusetts, har­nessed cel­lu­lar tech­nol­ogy to reach peo­ple liv­ing with lit­tle or no ser­vice. Fo­cus­ing on the ra­dio com­po­nents of wire­less net­works, Bose de­vel­oped durable cel­lu­lar sites that could run on so­lar power and that re­quired only small amounts of en­ergy.

That tech­nol­ogy has been used around the world, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas. In Africa alone it is found in Rwanda, Mauritania, Ghana and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo.

Bose re­cently took his tech­nol­ogy to Puerto Rico af­ter it was lashed by Hur­ri­cane Maria and used it to help des­per­ate res­i­dents lo­cate fam­ily mem­bers. Through his com­pany he do­nated more than three dozen cel­lu­lar base sta­tions to the is­land, each cov­er­ing about a 3-mile ra­dius.

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