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William Short, Class of 1969, Inducted in 2000

Dr. William Short was instrumental in changing the way America hears sound.  Bill, along with his partner Dr. Amor Bose, developed the Acoustic Wave Music System that allows for small speakers, but with modification of sound to produce superior deeper and more powerful notes. 

This invention led to the creation of the Bose Radio Corporation, which manufactures Boses radios and CD players, and more recently, automobile sound systems.  In addition, this sound system is utilized in certain television sets and motion picture theaters. 

In recognition of this outstanding achievement, Bill received the Inventor of the Year Award in 1986.  At this time, Bill has eleven patents granted and more pending.

Bill received several degrees in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Early in his career, Bill worked on the technical staff of GTE Laboratories developing modern switchboard facilities.

In addition to his scientific interests, Bill has become an expert on Old Norse literature and culture. This included traveling to the University of Iceland in Reykjavik to study Old Icelandic literature.

"I’m grateful for the exceptional teachers at F-M that instilled a love of learning," he says.

Bill Short currently lives in Southborough, Massachusetts with no children, dogs or cats.

"But I have about 600 Christmas trees I grow on a plantation which I give away every year to friends and family," he adds.

Bill has several family members who still live in the Fayetteville-Manlius area.

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