Vanu bose, 52, brought cellular service to remote areas
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.