Jamshed J Irani, known as the steel man of India, died late Monday night in Jamshedpur, according to Tata Steel. He was 86.
“The Steel Man of India has died.” “It is with profound sadness that Tata Steel announces the death of Padma Bhushan Dr Jamshed J Irani,” the company said in a statement. He died on October 31, 2022 at 10 p.m. at TMH (Tata Hospital) in Jamshedpur, according to the report.
Dr. Irani is survived by his wife, Daisy, and three children, Zubin, Niloufer, and Tanaaz.
Dr. Irani was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India in 2008 in recognition of his contributions to metallurgy. “He will be remembered fondly as a visionary.”
“He will be remembered fondly as a visionary leader who led Tata Steel from the forefront during India’s economic liberalisation in the early 1990s and enormously contributed to the growth and development of India’s steel industry,” Tata Steel said.
“Change is the result of steely resolve and sustained effort,” Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted. Padma Bhushan Dr. Jamshed J Irani was a changemaker who contributed to the global trust in Brand India. His entrepreneurial spirit has energised India. Prayers for the soul of the departed, and condolences to his family.”
Dr Irani was born in Nagpur on June 2, 1936, to Jiji Irani and Khorshed Irani. He received his BSc from Science College, Nagpur in 1956 and his MSc in Geology from Nagpur University in 1958.
He then attended the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom as a J N Tata scholar, earning a Masters in Metallurgy in 1960 and a PhD in Metallurgy in 1963.
In 1963, he began his professional career with the British Iron and Steel Research Association in Sheffield.
Irani retired from Tata Steel’s board of directors in June 2011, leaving behind a 43-year legacy that earned him and the company international acclaim in a variety of fields.