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... Jamsetji Tata Navsari

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Story of Life

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata was born to Nusserwanji and Jeevanbai Tata on 3 March 1839 in Navsari, a city in south Gujarat. His father, Nusserwanji, was the first businessman in a family of Parsi Zoroastrian priests. He broke the tradition to become the first member of the family to try his hand at business. He started an export trading firm in Mumbai.

Jamsetji Tata joined his father in Mumbai at the age of 14 and enrolled at the Elphinstone College completing his education as a ‘Green Scholar’ (equivalent of a graduate). He was married to Hirabai Daboo while he was still a student. He graduated from college in 1858 and joined his father’s trading firm. It was a turbulent time to step into business as the Indian Rebellion of 1857 had just been suppressed by the British government.

Tata made many trips abroad, mainly to England, America, Europe, China, and Japan to establish branches for his father’s business.

Famous for

Jamsedji Nusserwanji Tata was an Indian pioneer industrialist, who founded the Tata Group, India’s biggest conglomerate company. He was born to a Parsi Zoroastrian family in Navsari then part of the princely state of Baroda.

He founded what would later become the Tata Group of companies. Tata is regarded as the legendary “Father of Indian Industry”

Achievement

Tata’s iron and steel plant was set up at Sakchi village in Jharkhand. The village grew into a town and the railway station there was named Tatanagar. Now it is a bustling metropolis known as Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, named in honour of him.

He became the founding member of the Tata family.

Tata Steel (formerly TISCO – Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited)(Jamshedji was its founder) is Asia’s first and India’s largest steel company. It became world’s fifth largest steel company, after it acquired Corus Group producing 28 million tonnes of steel annually.

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, the pre-eminent Indian institution for research and education in Science of Engineering.