Padma Bhushan Jamshed J Irani Breathed His Last At 86

Jamshed J Irani, The Steel Man of India and winner of the Padma Bhushan award, breathed his last on October 31, 2022, at 10 PM at TMH (Tata Hospital) in Jamshedpur. Dr. Irani (86) served Tata Steel in various positions till his retirement in 2011. He is survived by his wife Daisy Irani and his three children, Zubin, Niloufer, and Tanaaz.


• Tata Steel mourns the death of Jamshed J Irani
• Dr. Irani started his career with Tata Iron and Steel Company in 1968
• He was the winner of many awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India

Who Was Jamshed J Irani?

Jamshed J Irani

Born on June 2, 1936, in Nagpur, Jamshed J Irani was a born scholar. He completed his education in MSc in Geology from Nagpur University in 1958 and went to the University of Sheffield in the UK as a J N Tata scholar where he studied Metallurgy and became a Ph.D. in Metallurgy in 1963.

He first joined the British Iron and Steel Research Association in Sheffield in 1963 but soon returned to India to contribute to nation-building. Here he joined The Tata Iron and Steel Company (now Tata Steel) in 1968 as Assistant to the Director in charge of Research and Development.

At Tata Steel, he held various positions including General Superintendent in 1978, General Manager in 1979, President of Tata Steel in 1985, Joint Managing Director of Tata Steel in 1988, and Managing Director in 1992. He retired as Managing Director in 2001.

He joined the Board of Tata Steel in 1981 and was made a Non-Executive Director from 2001 for a decade. He was also made Director of several Tata Group companies, including Tata Motors and Tata Teleservices. Dr. Irani was also the National President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 1992-93.


• International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1996)
• Honorary Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II (1997) for his contributions to Indo-British Trade and Co-operation
• Padma Bhushan (2007) for his contribution to the industry
• Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India (2008) as an acknowledgement to his services in the area of metallurgy

What Did Tata Steel Say In Their Statement?

The statement read that Dr. Irani would be fondly remembered as a visionary leader who led Tata Steel from the forefront during India’s economic liberalization in the early 1990s and immensely contributed to the growth and development of the steel industry in India.


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