Vanu Bose, Son of Bose Founder Amar Bose, Software Pioneer and MIT Corporation Member, Dies at 52

Nov 13, 2017 0

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Vanu Bose, a leading software executive and a member of the MIT Corporation with deep ties to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and son of Bose Corporation Founder Late Amar Bose, died on Saturday at age 52. The cause of his death was a sudden pulmonary embolism, MIT announced.

Vanu Bose was the founder and CEO of Vanu, Inc., an innovative firm that provides wireless infrastructure globally and was the first company to receive certification for software-defined radio from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

The firm’s technology, emerging from Bose’s graduate research at MIT, increases the role of software in operating the radio-based component of wireless communications networks, including those used for cellphone communications. Among other things, the technology enables multiple networks to operate on the same devices.

Vanu, Inc. has also developed cellular antenna systems that require relatively small amounts of energy and can run on solar power. The reduction in power needed for these networks has allowed the firm to help build out networks in rural areas around the world, from India to Rwanda to Vermont, and to address what Bose called the “great need for communication” in those areas.

Bose also recognized the humanitarian possibilities of the technology, and put the company to work this fall providing urgent help in hurricane-struck Puerto Rico. Vanu, Inc. is providing over 40 cellular base stations in Puerto Rico, some of which have already helped people find their missing families.

Vanu Bose (Photo: MIT)

“That makes it all worthwhile, right there,” Bose told Boston’s WBUR radio in October.

Bose had lifelong ties to MIT, growing up around the Institute in an environment filled with faculty, students, and alumni. His father, the late Amar G. Bose, was a professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) for nearly a half-century. Amar G. Bose also founded the Bose Corporation in 1964 and was one of the most committed benefactors the Institute has seen.

“The ‘Bose’ name has long been synonymous with brilliance, humility, leadership, and integrity,” says MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “Through his work to use cellular technology to connect the unconnected — most recently, in Puerto Rico — Vanu embodied the very best of the MIT community, advancing the Institute’s vision for a better world. He was deeply proud of his father, Amar, and of Amar’s impact as an engineer, entrepreneur, and executive. And he built an extraordinary legacy of his own that I know made Amar proud.”

Reif added: “On behalf of MIT, I send my deepest condolences to Judy, Kamala, Prema, Maya, Ursula, and the entire Bose family.”

Vanu Bose earned three degrees from MIT: his Bachelor of Science in 1988, in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mathematics; his Master of Science in 1994, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and his PhD in 1999.

Bose’s doctoral thesis, titled “Virtual Radio Architecture,” was supervised by professors John Guttag and David Tennenhouse. Bose’s graduate research came to form the basis of Vanu, Inc., which he founded in 1998, even before Bose had fully completed his PhD work — but after it had become clear that his work had the potential to move the industry forward.

As a life-long participant in the open, collaborative intellectual atmosphere around MIT, Bose came to appreciate the way MIT alumni who founded companies would stay connected to the Institute and pass on their own insights and pieces of wisdom to students and researchers in the community.

“I think it’s a unique part of the MIT experience that there are not only so many great founders around, but that they make themselves accessible,” Bose told the EECS Connector, an alumni publication, in 2015.

As a company founder and alumnus himself, Bose made sure to continue the tradition of working to support new generations of MIT researchers. At the time of his death, he was engaged in fostering and guiding the Bose Fellows Program at MIT, an initiative founded in 2014 that gives grants of up to $500,000 for three years, to let faculty members pursue bold, cutting-edge research programs.

“My father would be very happy with the innovation and freedom of exploration that these grants have made possible, as it was exactly what he was all about,” said Bose in 2016, when announcing the latest group of grant recipients. “The awards acknowledge the spirit of insatiable curiosity that my father embraced.”

Vanu Bose also served on the advisory board of the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, an initiative that adds leadership education to the engineering skills of MIT undergraduates.

And from 2013 onward, Bose served as a member of the MIT Corporation, the Institute’s board of trustees.

“We are all shocked to lose Vanu Bose, a warm and valuable member of our community,” says Robert B. Millard, chairman of the MIT Corporation. “And our hearts go out to Vanu’s family, which has been such an indelible part of MIT.  We’ve really lost a beautiful human.”

In turn, Bose’s MIT activities were only part of a larger set of civic responsibilities he assumed during his career. Bose was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Museum of Science from 2007 through 2013, helping steer it through a period of growth and development. He also served on the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development, from 2012 through 2015.

In his professional career, Bose also served the Bose Corp. as a member of its Trustee Succession Committee.

Bose won a number of awards and honors in his professional career, including IEEE Spectrum magazine’s “Wireless Winner” in 2007, and the GSM Association Technology Award for Most Innovative Infrastructure Product. He was also named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

Vanu Bose is survived by his wife, Judith, his daughter, Kamala, his mother, Prema, his sister, Maya and his father’s wife, Ursula.

(This article is published from MIT News.)

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Indian-origin lawyer Kirtee Kapoor dies after being hit by train in California

Jun 8, 2017 0

Washington–An Indian-origin lawyer died after he was hit by a train at a crossing in a northern California town.

Kirtee Kapoor, the head of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s India group and and a partner at the firm in Menlo Park, California, died in the accident on Monday near Atherton, the Mercury News reported.

A statement on the Davis Polk website said Kapoor was born in Bengaluru and did his L.L.B. from the University of Delhi Faculty of Law, a B.C.L. from Balliol College, University of Oxford, and L.L.M. from New York University School of Law.

Kirtee Kapoor

“Kirtee joined Davis Polk’s New York office as an associate in 1999,” said the statement.

“…Over the next 18 years he spent time in several of our offices advising clients on significant M&A matters and in investments and other transactions around the world.”

He was elected to the partnership in 2007 and moved to Hong Kong later that year. In 2015, he joined the firm’s northern California office.

“Kirtee was a truly wonderful man. His optimism, warmth, honesty and wisdom were inspiring. He will be remembered as a great partner of the firm, a beloved colleague and adviser, and a steadfast friend to so many,” the Davis Polk website said.

Kapoor is survived by his wife and daughter, who live in Menlo Park. (IANS)

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Former London Metal Exchange Chairman and Member of House of Lords Bagri Dies at 86

Apr 26, 2017 0

London– Raj Kumar Bagri, the longest serving chairman in the history of the London Metal Exchange (LME), died here on Wednesday. He was 86 years old.

Born in 1930 in Calcutta, Bagri started working at the age of 15 as a filing clerk for a metals firm in the city and went on to set up London-based Metdist Trading, which became one of the first two overseas members of the LME in 1970.

Raj Kumar Bagri

He became the first non-Briton to be Chairman of the exchange in 1993.

Bagri, who was a member of Britain’s House of Lords, also created the Bagri Foundation, a UK registered charity in 1990.

He is survived by his wife Usha, a son Apurv, who took over as CEO of Metdist in 1991, and a daughter Amita.

Bagri’s fascination with the world of metals are perhaps best evidenced through his own words. When regaining consciousness after a protracted period this month, his first question to his son Apurv was: “What’s the price of copper?”

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Obituary: Albert Sherring of Newton Passes Away at 92

Jan 30, 2017 0

NEWTON, MA— Albert Sherring, a former professor at Curry College and a long-time resident of Newton, MA, passed away on Friday. He was 92 and went to heavenly abode peacefully with family by his side.

Beloved husband of the late Dr. Shanta Sherring, he is survived by his daughter Dr. Asha Sherring and her husband Shirish Dandekar of Hopkinton and son Neil Sherring and his wife Yoshika of Westwood, MA, sister Kiran Waleski of Atlanta, and grandchildren: Gita and Raj Dandekar and Vijay and Curren Sherring.

Albert Sherring

Sherring was born in Kanpur, India, and attended Ewing Christian College in Allahabad, India.  He immigrated to the United States and completed his graduate degree in sociology at Boston University. He was a professor at Curry College in Milton.  He married Shanta (Radiah) in 1960 in Cambridge.  He retired in 2010 and spent his time caring for his wife, playing chess, enjoying music and Urdu poetry and spending time with his family.

Here is the tentative schedule of last services:

Wake – Friday, Feb 3rd from 4:00 pm to 7: pm.

Funeral Service – Saturday, Feb 4th at 2: pm.

Both the Wake and Funeral will be held at: The First Baptist Church in Newton, 848 Beacon St, Newton Centre, Newton, MA.

Family and friends are invited for a gathering immediately following the service at Masala Art Restaurant at 990 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA.

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After 74-day struggle, Jayalalithaa loses battle with life

Dec 5, 2016 0

By Venkatachari Jagannathan (03:36) 

Chennai, Dec 6 (IANS) Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, one of India’s most charismatic political leaders, died here on Monday night after a bitter 74-day battle for life, ending an era in Tamil Nadu politics and plunging the state in deep grief. She was 68.

Jayalalithaa, a spinster, breathed her last at the Apollo Hospitals just before midnight, over 24 hours after she suffered a cardiac arrest that derailed the halting progress she had been making on the health front.

“It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11.30 p.m.,” the hospital said in a statement.

As Jayalalithaa’s death became known, a loud wail rent the air outside the Apollo hospital where thousands had gathered since her cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, hoping against hope that she would survive.

Her body was taken to her residence at Poes Garden, where hundreds of AIADMK cadre were present. Police used batons to keep inconsolable mourners away who tried to break the security barricades outside their leader’s house.

The body will be kept at the Rajaji Hall for people to pay their respects, said the AIADMK, which the actor-turned-politician headed for nearly three decades after the death of her mentor and Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran or MGR.

The last rites will be held at the Marina Beach later on Tuesday.

As national leaders expressed grief, the Tamil Nadu government declared a seven-day mourning. Schools and colleges in the sprawling state will be closed for three days.

In no time, the AIADMK legislators elected Finance Minister and long-time Jayalalithaa loyalist O. Panneerselvam to succeed the departed leader.

jayalalithaa-mugShortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Panneerselvam took the oath of office and secrecy. Thirty-one ministers were also sworn-in with him.

A veteran actor, the self-made Jayalalithaa, who was five times Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, was admitted to the Apollo hospital on September 22 with fever and dehydration, just four months after she led the AIADMK to triumphantly retain power in assembly elections.

At one time it seemed she was on the road to recovery but that proved to be an illusion.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to Jayalalithaa, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha at the start of her political career.

In his lengthy message, Mukherjee described Jayalalithaa as “one of India’s most charismatic and popular leaders … a visionary and (an) able administrator…

“She was progressive in her thought and pro-active in pursuing the issues that were close to her heart, such as the empowerment of women and welfare of children.

“Her life was dedicated to the socio-economic transformation of Tamil Nadu and its people. Her contribution to the progress and development of Tamil Nadu will be long remembered.”

Modi, who enjoyed a personal rapport with Jayalalithaa, said her demise had left a huge void in Indian politics.

Defining her as a mass leader, Modi said: “Jayalalithaaji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women and marginalised will always be a source of inspiration.”

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who too had counted the AIADMK leader as an ally for years, said Jayalalithaa lived the entire life with the same “indomitable courage with which she battled her last illness”.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called her “popular, strong, bold, efficient, people-friendly, charismatic leader”.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar described her death as “very saddening”. He announced a day’s mourning in his state.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Very sad to hear the demise of Amma. A very very popular leader. Aam Aadmi’s leader. May her soul rest in peace.” (IANS)

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31-Year-Old Sparsh Bhargava Dies of Natural Causes While on a Business Trip to Germany

Nov 6, 2016 0

BOXBOROUGH, MA—Thirty-one year old Sparsh Bhargava, of New York City and formerly of Acton, MA, died on Oct. 28th of natural causes while on a business trip to Germany.

Sparsh is survived by his parents, Nibha and Umesh Bhargava of Boxborough, his brother Samarth, of Palo Alto, CA, and his grandmother Nirmala Bhargava. He also leaves many friends, aunts, uncles and cousins who miss him dearly.

Sparsh Bhargava

Sparsh Bhargava

Family and friends will honor and remember Sparsh’s life by gathering for memorial visiting hours on Saturday, November 12th from 3 to 6 p.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), WALTHAM.

He was born on October 24th, 1985 in West Lafayette, IN, and lived his early childhood in Milpitas, CA and attended the Harker School. After moving to Boston with his family in 1996, he attended Acton-Boxborough schools, graduating with the class of 2003.

Afterwards, he received a BS in chemical engineering at Cornell University and worked for Proctor & Gamble for three years after graduation. Later he attended Harvard Business School, finishing his MBA in 2012. After graduating from business school, he moved to New York City and worked for American Industrial Partners for the last 4 years.

His partners write, “With calm soul, he could be relied upon to listen with empathy and understanding and then act with quiet leadership and grace. Despite his youth, he quickly earned the respect and devotion of peers many decades his senior. We are humbled to have been befriended by someone with such extraordinary character and ability.”

Sparsh was happy and loved by everyone in his life. He enjoyed reading, traveling, photography, camping and spending time with extended family and friends. He had just celebrated his 31st birthday over the weekend with family in New York. Thirty-one years is young, but Sparsh accomplished more than most people achieve in a full lifetime.

“His name means ‘touch’, and he lived every day with a mission to enrich people’s lives: family, friends and the less fortunate,” according to his obituary. “We are better people and the world is a better place because of him.”

Donations may be made to a memorial fund toward touching children’s lives: https://www.youcaring.com/childrenseducation-683341# For directions and guestbook, please visit: www.JoyceFuneralHome.com.
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