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Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata (1839–1904)

Born on March 3, 1839, into a family of Parsi priests, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata broke with tradition when he started his own trading firm in 1868, at just 29 years old. From then on, Jamsetji’s vision would inspire the steel, power and hospitality industries in India, build mills with avant garde technology and worker welfare measures, and set the foundation for scientific education in India. His efforts propelled the country into the league of industrialised nations, but he is remembered above all for his philanthropy. His pioneering ideas were fired by his travels across the world; his curiosity and love of adventure took him to America, the UK and Europe, China, Japan and the Middle East and North Africa, and he brought back a treasure trove of knowledge, ideas, talent and technology to take India forward.

The Father of Indian Industry

Nerves Of Steel
Tata Steel

Nerves Of Steel

Jamsetji, Dorabji and RD Tata defied sceptics to give India her first steel enterprise.
The Power Of Dreams
Tata Power

The Power Of Dreams

Jamsetji's dream of using water to generate electricity was completed by Sir Dorab Tata.
Empress Mills

Through The Mill

Jamsetji's nation-building endeavours began with his worker-friendly cotton mills.
Diamond By The Sea
Indian Hotels Company Ltd.

Diamond By The Sea

The Taj Mahal Hotel—the residence of choice for maharajas, dignitaries and celebrities.

The Philanthropist

indian institute of science
The Indian Institute of Science

"The strength to defend freedom...can come only from the infusion of modern science and technology into the country's economic life." - Jamsetji Tata

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worker welfare
Employee Welfare
"We started...considering thewelfare of employees the sure foundation of our success."- Jamsetji Tata
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JN Tata Endowment Fund
"Lift up the most gifted, so as to make them of the greatest serviceto their country." - Jamsetji Tata
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Citizen Jamsetji

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Jamsetji Tata in the United States

More than a century ago, Jamsetji visited America to study industry and forge relationships
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Jamsetji Tata: The Navsari Years

Jamsetji Tata's birthplace always remained close to the Tata Founder’s heart.
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Jamsetji Tata's Other Experiments

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