Their daughter, Dina Jinnah , was married to Neville Wadia , a notable businessman. As his mother was French, he spent much of his childhood in France and as a result, French was his first language. Tata was educated in London, Japan, France and India. During this time, J. D to England for higher studies in October He was enrolled in a Grammar school, and was interested in studying Engineering at Cambridge.
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As a result, French was his first language. He had planned to study engineering at the University of Cambridge but was compelled to return to India to assume his role in the Tata family business in In , when Tata took charge as chairman of the Tata Group, he was, at age 34, the youngest member of the Tata Sons board.
Over the next half-century Tata strengthened existing businesses such as steel, power, and hotels and drove the group to diversify its interests to include chemicals, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and information technology. When Air India was nationalized in , Tata was retained as chairman, a position that he held until Under his guidance, several institutions were established to promote scientific, medical, and artistic endeavours in India.
He was an early advocate of family planning politically an often unpopular position , and in he created the Family Planning Foundation. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Subscribe today This article was most recently revised and updated by Michael Ray , Editor. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:.
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