Vanu Bose

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Vanu Bose
Vanu Gopal Bose

(1965-04-29)April 29, 1965
DiedNovember 11, 2017(2017-11-11) (aged 52)
ResidenceCambridge, Massachusetts
EmployerVanu Incorporated
Known forWireless communications
RelativesAmar Bose (father)
Prema Sarathy Bose (mother)
Maya Bose (sister)
Vanu, Inc.
Founded1998; 21 years ago (1998)

Vanu Gopal Bose (October 4, 1965 – November 11, 2017) was an American electrical engineer and technology executive. He was the son of Amar Bose, the founder of Bose Corporation.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Boston in 1965,[2] he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in 1987, MS in 1994, and PhD in 1999.[3] He was the founder and CEO of Vanu, Inc., a firm that markets software-defined radio technology.[4][5] The company uses technology based on his graduate research work, called SpectrumWare, under supervisors David L. Tennenhouse and John Guttag.[6][7][8] The technology was licensed from MIT in 1999 after several rounds of negotiation.[9][10]

In November 2004, its Anywave technology became the first use of software-defined radio certified by the US Federal Communications Commission, and ADC Telecommunications announced it would manufacture related hardware.[11] In 2005, work with India's Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) was announced to use its technology for base transceiver stations at cell sites in rural India.[12] By 2008, a telecommunications provider in India was reported to be testing the technology.[13]

A venture capital investment of $9 million in 2007 from Charles River Ventures was followed by $32 million in 2008, from an arm of the Tata Group, Norwest Venture Partners.[14] A subsidiary, Vanu Coverage Company, announced $3.2 million investment in 2012.[15]

He took his technology to many countries and regions that otherwise would have had no access. Shortly before his death, he donated durable solar-powered cellular sites to the devastated island of Puerto Rico to assist in the location of family members following the devastation by hurricanes in 2017.[16]

Personal information[edit]

He married Judith L. Hill in September 2007.[17] They have one daughter. He died suddenly in Concord, Massachusetts on November 11, 2017 of a pulmonary embolism, aged 52.[2][18]


  1. ^ Michael Fitzgerald (September 23, 2007). "Software That Fills a Cellphone Gap". The New York Times. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Silver-Greenberg, Jessica (2017-11-14). "Vanu Bose, Who Brought Cellular Service to Remote Areas, Dies at 52". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  3. ^ "Vanu Bose, '87, SM '94, PhD '99". Alumni profile for EECS Connector. MIT. 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Scott Woolley (November 25, 2002). "Dead Air". Forbes. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Suchetana Ray (December 15, 2015). ""My Father Couldn't Have Done In India What He Did With Bose Corp In US"". Business World. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  6. ^ D.L. Tennenhouse and V.G. Bose (November 13, 1995). "SpectrumWare: A Software-Oriented Approach to Wireless Signal Processing". Proceedings of the 1st annual international conference on Mobile computing and networking. ACM: 37–41. doi:10.1145/215530.215551. ISBN 0-89791-814-2.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  7. ^ Vanu G. Bose (June 1999). Design and Implementation of Software Radios Using a General Purpose Processor. MIT PhD dissertation. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  8. ^ Vanu G. Bose, Alok B. Shah and Michael Ismert (March 29, 1998). "Software Radios for Wireless Networking". Infocomm '98: Seventeenth Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies. IEEE. ISBN 9780780343849. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  9. ^ Amy Dockser Marcus (September 1999). "Bose and Arrows: MIT Seeds Inventions But Wants a Nice Cut Of Profits They Yield". Wall Street Journal classroom edition. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  10. ^ Ishani Duttagupta (July 23, 2012). "NRI scientists who turned research into successful businesses". The Economic Times. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "FCC Certifies ADC Equipment For Use With Software Defined Radio Deployments". Wireless Design Online. January 20, 2005. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "C-DOT and Vanu Inc. enter into strategic partnership to focus on Rural Communication needs". Press release. India Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. March 2, 2005. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Pankaj Mishra (January 27, 2008). "New technology may cut wireless network equipment cost by half". Live Mint. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  14. ^ "Software Radio Maker Vanu Raises $32M From Tata, Norwest & CRV". VC Circle on Giga Om. September 1, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  15. ^ Don Seiffert (May 8, 2012). "Vanu Coverage calls in $3.2M in equity". Mass High tech. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Silver-Greenbergnov, Jessica, Vanu Bose, Who Brought Cellular Service to Remote Areas, Dies at 52, The New York Times, November 15, 2017, page B13, New York edition
  17. ^ "Pair wed in garden". Amherts Bee. December 12, 2007. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  18. ^ Dizikes, Peter (2017-11-11). "Vanu Bose, software pioneer and MIT Corporation member, dies at 52". MIT News. Retrieved 2017-11-12.