List of Parsis

In science and industry

  • Cowasji Shavaksha Dinshaw (Adenwalla) (1827-1900): entrepreneur; founder of the modern port of Aden
  • Byram Dinshawji Avari (19??- ): Pakistani hotelier, founder and chairman of the Avari Group of companies.
  • Homi Jehangir Bhabha (1909-1966): nuclear scientist; first chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission.
  • Keki Dadiseth (1946- ): Home and Personal Care Director, Unilever plc
  • Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw (18??-1924?): industrialist and philanthropist; founder of the NED Engineering College
  • Ardeshir Godrej (1868-1936): inventor; co-founder (with his brother Piroj) of the Godrej industrial empire
  • Pirojsha Godrej (1882-1972): entrepreneur; co-founder (with his brother Ardeshir) of the Godrej industrial empire
  • Jamsetji Jeejeebhoy, Sir (1783-1859): opened sea trade with China; philanthropist
  • Cowasjee Jehangir, Sir (1812-1878): civil engineer; master constructor of Bombay
  • Fardunjee Marzban (1787-1847): publisher, founded the first newspaper on the Indian subcontinent Bombay Samachar
  • Pallonji Mistry (1929- ): construction tycoon
  • Hormusjee Naorojee Mody, Sir (1838-1911): financier and industrialist in Hong Kong
  • Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, Sir (1823-1901): founded the first textile factories in India
  • Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee (18??-[[195?): industrialist; founded Hong Kong’s first brewery; established the first anti-tuberculosis sanatorium in the far-east
  • Homi Nusserwanji Sethna (19??-19??): chemical engineer; guided the development of India’s first nuclear explosive device.
  • Dorabji Tata, Sir (1859-1932): industrialist and philanthropist
  • Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata (1839-1904): industrialist; founder of the Tata group of companies, titled a “One-Man Planning Commission” by Nehru
  • Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy (J. R. D.) Tata (1904-1993): industrialist; founder of India’s first commercial airline: Air India
  • Ratan Naval Tata (1937- ): Chairman of the Tata Group of companies; member of the central board of the Reserve Bank of India
  • Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia (1702-1774): shipwright and naval architect; builder of the first dry-dock in Asia
  • A.D. Shroff

In academia, the arts and in sports

  • Erick Avari (1952- ): Hollywood actor.
  • Homi K. Bhabha (1949- ): cultural-studies theorist.
  • Behram “Busybee” Contractor (1930-2001): journalist and columnist.
  • Nariman “Nari” Contractor (1934- ): cricketer; coach at the CCI Academy.
  • Ardeshir Cowasjee (1926- ): investigative journalist and newspaper columnist.
  • Nauheed Cyrusi (1982- ): model, Bollywood actress and VJ
  • Sam Dastor (19??- ): television actor and director.
  • Maneckji Nusserwanji Dhalla (1875–1956): high priest and religious scholar.
  • Farrukh Dhondy (1944- ): novelist, short story writer, screenplaywriter, journalist.
  • Farokh Engineer (1938- ): cricketer.
  • Kaizad Gustad (1968- ): maverick film director.
  • Firdaus Kanga (1960- ): author, actor and screenwriter.
  • Persis Khambatta (1950–1998): actress and model.
  • Boman Irani (1962-) : Indian film and theatre actor, host of the 2007 IIFA awards
  • Mehli Mehta (1908-2002): musician; founder of the Bombay Philarmonic and Bombay String Orchestras.
  • Zubin Mehta (1936- ): musician; conductor of the London, Los Angeles and Israel Philarmonic Orchestras; director of the Bavarian State Opera.
  • Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara) (1946-1991): rock icon and lead singer for Queen.
  • Deena M. Mistri (19??- ): author and educationalist; recipient of Pakistan’s “Pride of Performance” medal.
  • Rohinton Mistry (1952- ): novelist, short story author, screenplay writer.
  • Sohrab Modi (1897-1984): stage and film actor, director and producer.
  • Cyrus Poncha (1976- ): Asian Squash Federation Junior Coach of the Year 2003-4.
  • Bapsi Sidhwa (1938- ): author and screenwriter; vocal proponent of women’s rights
  • Godrej Sidhwa (1925- ): theologian, historian and high priest.
  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892–1988): composer.
  • Sooni Taraporevala (1957- ): screenwriter, author and photographer.
  • Zubin Varla (19??- ): stage actor.
  • Nina Wadia (1969- ): comedienne and television actress.

 In law, government and the Indian Nationalist Movement

  • Minocher Bhandara (19??- ): Pakistani parliamentarian and owner of Muree Brewery.
  • Sam Piroj Bharucha (1937- ): Chief Justice of India.
  • Mancherjee Bhownagree (1851-1933): politician, second asian to be elected to the House of Commons (Conservative).
  • Bhikaiji Cama (1861-1936): political activist, co-creator of the Indian nationalist flag.
  • Feroze Gandhi (1912-1960): journalist and politician, Indian MP under Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • Sam Manekshaw (1914- ): the first Indian Field Marshal of the Indian Army.
  • Jamsheed Marker (19??- ): Pakistani diplomat, ambassador to more countries than any other person; recipient of Hilal-i Imtiaz.
  • Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta (1886-1952): former Mayor of Karachi for 12 consecutive years.
  • Pherozeshah Mehta (1845–1915): political activist, first President of the Indian National Congress, founder of the Bombay Municipal Corporation.
  • Dadabhai Naoroji (1825–1917): economist, political activist, first asian to be elected to the House of Commons (Liberal), first to publicly demand independence from Great Britain.
  • Khursheed Framji Nariman (18??-19??): social activist, Mayor of Bombay, founding member of the Indian National Congress.
  • Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati (1935–2003): Appellant in K. M. Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra (1961-1962)
  • Nanabhoy (“Nani”) Palkhivala (1920-2002): prominent jurist and economist.
  • Dossabhoy Muncherji Raja (1873-1947): first Indian to be appointed appraiser of precious stones to British Indian customs. Awarded the title of Khan Sahib.
  • Cowasji Jehangir (Readymoney) (1812-1878): J.P.; introduced income tax in India; first baronet of Bombay.
  • Shapurji Saklatvala (1874-1936): socialist, workers’ welfare activist, third asian to be elected to the House of Commons (Communist, Labour).
  • Soli Jehangir Sorabjee (1930- ): Former Attorney-General of India.

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