J. R. D. Tata

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Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (July 29, 1904November 29, 1993) was a pioneer aviator and important businessman of India.

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Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy "JRD" Tata

J.R.D. Tata was born to an Indian father and a French mother in Paris, France, and was inspired by aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot. His father, Jamshetji Tata, was also an famous businessman in India. In 1929 Tata got the first pilot licence issued in India, and became known as the father of Indian civil aviation. He founded India's first commercial airline, Tata Airlines, in 1932, which in 1946 became Air India.

For decades, Tata directed the Tata Group of Companies, with major interests in many industries in India, including steel, engineering and electrical companies. He was famous for succeeding in business while maintaining high ethical standards - refusing to bribe politicians or use the black market.

He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1992 for his service to commerce and industry in the country. He died in Geneva, Switzerland in 1993 at age of 89. J. R. D. Tata was a Zoroastrian of Parsee (Persian) descent.

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