Jamshed J Irani, known as the Steel man of India, died Monday night in Jamshedpur. He was 86 years old.

“We are deeply saddened at the demise of Padma Bhushan Dr. Jamshed J Irani, fondly known as the Steel Man of India. Tata Steel family offers its deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” Tata Steel said in a tweet.

Irani is survived by his wife Daisy Irani and his three children, Zubin, Niloufer and Tanaaz.

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The Tata Steel tweet did not reveal Jamshed J Irani’s cause of death.

Born on June 2, 1936, in Nagpur to Jiji Irani and Khorshed Irani, Jamshed completed his BSc from Science College, Nagpur in 1956 and his MSc in Geology from Nagpur University in 1958. He went to the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom (UK) as a J N Tata scholar, where he secured a Masters in Metallurgy in 1960. He later got a PhD in Metallurgy in 1963.

He started his professional career with the British Iron and Steel Research Association in Sheffield in 1963. He returned to India to join The Tata Iron and Steel Company (now Tata Steel). He worked at the firm as Assistant to the Director in-charge of Research and Development. He went on to become General Superintendent in 1978, General Manager in 1979, and President of Tata Steel in 1985.

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He became Joint Managing Director of Tata Steel in 1988, and Managing Director in 1992, before retiring in 2011.

Besides Tata Steel and Tata Sons, Jamshed J Irani also served as a Director of several Tata Group companies, including Tata Motors and Tata Teleservices.