Jamshed J Irani, 'steel man of India’, dies at 86
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Jamshed J Irani, known as the steel man of India, died in Jamshedpur on 31 October. He was 86.
Irani is survived by his wife Daisy Irani and their three children, Zubin, Nilofar and Tanaaz.
He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India in 2008 for his services in the field of metallurgy.
Born on 2 June 1936 in Nagpur to Jiji Irani and Khorsed Irani, Dr. Irani completed BSc from Science College, Nagpur in 1956 and MSc in Geology from Nagpur University in 1958.
He then went to the University of Sheffield in the UK, where he earned a Masters in Metallurgy in 1960 and a PhD in Metallurgy in 1963.
He began his professional career with the British Iron and Steel Research Association in Sheffield in 1963.
Irani retired from the board of Tata Steel in June 2011, leaving behind a legacy of 43 years and has brought the company international reputation in various fields.
Jamshed J Irani joined the Board of Tata Steel and also served as non-executive director from 2001 for a decade.
He also served as a director of several Tata Group companies which include Tata Motors and Tata Teleservices.
He also served as the National President of the Confederation of Indian Industry in 1992–93.
He was honoured with several awards including Padma Bhushan in 2007 for his contribution to the industry.
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