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The steel man of India Jamshed J Irani dies at 86, know all about him

Jamshed J Irani breathed his last on Monday (31 October) at 10 pm in Jamshedpur. He was 86 years old. He retired from the board of Tata Steel in June 2011. He started his career with the British Iron and Steel Research Association but his mind settled in India, so he came back here.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Jamshed J Irani, who is called the steel man of the country, has passed away. He was 86 years old and breathed his last on Monday (31 October) at 10 pm in Jamshedpur. Tata Steel has given this information. Tata Steel said that the Tata Group is saddened by the demise of Padma Vibhushan Dr Jamshed J Irani. Let us inform that Irani had retired from the board of Tata Steel in June 2011.

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He passed away on October 31, 2022 at 10 PM at TMH (Tata Hospital) in Jamshedpur.

Jamshed was born on 2 June 1936. He did B.Sc from Science College, Nagpur in 1956 and MSc from Nagpur University in 1958. After this he became a scholar and went to study at the University of Sheffield, UK. Here he completed his Masters in the year 1960 and completed his PhD in the year 1963.

Jamshed started his career with the British Iron and Steel Research Association. It was the year 1963 but he always wanted to work for his country. So he returned to India in the year 1968 and founded the Tata Iron and Steel Company. This company is known today as Tata Steel.

Jamshed J Irani became the General Superintendent in the year 1978. After this, he was appointed General Manager in the year 1979 and Chairman of Tata Steel in the year 1985. He then became the Joint Managing Director of Tata Steel in 1988 and Managing Director in 1992. He retired in the year 2001. He also served as a director of several Tata Group companies including Tata Motors and Tata Teleservices.

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He was conferred several honours, including his appointment as International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1996 and an Honorary Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for his contributions to Indo-British Trade and Co-operation.

He was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2007 for his contribution to industry.

Dr Irani was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India in 2008 as acknowledgement to his services in the area of metallurgy.

“He will be fondly remembered as a visionary leader who led Tata Steel from the forefront during India’s economic liberalisation in the early 1990’s and immensely contributed to the growth and development of the steel industry in India,” Tata Steel said.

Dr Irani is survived by his wife Daisy Irani and his three children, Zubin, Niloufer, and Tanaaz.

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