Ardeshir Dalal

Sir Ardeshir Dalal, KCIE (24 April 1884 – 8 October 1949) was a Parsi administrator and businessman associated with Tata Group.[1]

Adershir was born on 24 April 1884 in Bombay to Rustomjee Dalal, who worked as share-broker.[2] In 1905 he applied for J. N. Tata Scholarship for higher studies went to London and finally appeared for ICS examination and joined Indian Civil Service in 1908.[1]

He served as Collector in various areas of India before he became the first Indian to become Municipal Commissioner of Bombay in 1928.[2]

He joined Tata Group as a Director of Tata Steel in 1931 and served Tata group till 1941 and again from 1945 his death in 1949.[2] He was knighted in 1939.[3]

He was one of the signatories to the Bombay Plan formulated in 1944.[4]

In June 1944, he resigned from Tatas as the Viceroy, Lord Wavell, invited him to join the Viceroy's Executive Council as Member-in-Charge of Planning and Development.[1][2] His contributions as one of the architects of the Government of India's post war economic plan formulated in 1945 have been noted.[1]

He was knighted again as a KCIE in 1946[5] died on 8 October 1949.[1]

A hospital-cum-nursing college in Jamshedpur has been named after him as Ardeshir Dalal Memorial Hospital.[6]


  1. Journal of scientific and industrial research , Volume 8. 1949. p. 447.
  2. Sir Adershir Dalal Archived 17 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. A.R. Dalal
  4. The Fortnightly , Volume 162. 1944. p. 172.
  5. London Gazette, 1 January 1946
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)