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Bhabha, Homi Jehangir (1909–1966), theoretical physicist  

Virendra Singh

Bhabha, Homi Jehangir (1909–1966), theoretical physicist, was born on 30 October 1909 at Bombay in an established Parsi family, the eldest son of Jehangir Hormusji Bhabha (1876–1942) and his wife, Meheran Pandey (d. 1973). Bhabha's father was educated at Oxford and had studied law at ...

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Bhownaggree, Sir Mancherjee Merwanjee (1851–1933), lawyer and politician  

Jane Ridley

Bhownaggree, Sir Mancherjee Merwanjee (1851–1933), lawyer and politician, was born at Bombay on 15 August 1851, the son of Merwanjee N. Bhownaggree (d. c.1872), a Parsi merchant in Bombay of Persian origin, and his wife Cooverbai (d. 1896). Bhownaggree's father had risen from obscurity as a small-town postmaster to become head of the ...

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Bhownaggree, Sir Mancherjee Merwanjee (1851–1933)  

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Sir Mancherjee Merwanjee Bhownaggree (1851–1933) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dadabhoy, Sir Maneckji Byramji (1865–1953), industrialist and politician in India  

Frederick James

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Dadabhoy, Sir Maneckji Byramji (1865–1953), industrialist and politician in India, was born in Bombay on 30 July 1865. He came of a much respected Parsi family, the second son of Khan Bahadur Byramji Dadabhoy JP, registrar of joint stock companies and assurances. He was educated in ...

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Edalji, Shapurji (1841/2–1918), Church of England clergyman and victim of racial harassment  

Richard Davenport-Hines

Edalji, Shapurji (1841/2–1918), Church of England clergyman and victim of racial harassment, was born in Bombay, in late 1841 or early 1842, son of Doralji Edalji, a Parsi merchant. Educated at Elphinstone College, he was converted to Christianity in 1856, aged fourteen, by the ...

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Jeejeebhoy, Sir Jamsetjee, first baronet (1783–1859), businessman and philanthropist  

E. J. Rapson

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Jeejeebhoy, Sir Jamsetjee, first baronet (1783–1859), businessman and philanthropist, was born at Bombay on 15 July 1783. He was the son of Merwanjee Maneckjee Jeejeebhoy (d. 1799) and Jeeveebai Cowassi (d. 1799), weavers, of Nowsaree, a small town in the princely state of ...

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Jeejeebhoy, Sir Jamsetjee, first baronet (1783–1859)  

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Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, first baronet (1783–1859) by unknown artist Oriental Club; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Karaka, Dosabhoy Framji (1911–1974)  

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Dosabhoy Framji Karaka (1911–1974) by Howard Coster, 1930s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Karaka, Dosabhoy Framji [Dosoo] (1911–1974), journalist and writer  

Rozina Visram

Karaka, Dosabhoy Framji [Dosoo] (1911–1974), journalist and writer, was born on 14 April 1911 in Bombay, British India, into a middle-class Parsi family, the eldest of three children of Framji Jehangir Karaka, imperial customs official, and his wife, Homai (d...

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Mehta, Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee (1845–1915), politician and Indian nationalist  

Jim Masselos

Mehta, Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee (1845–1915), politician and Indian nationalist, was born on 4 August 1845 in Bombay, the son of Merwanjee Mehta, a successful Parsi merchant. He attended Ayrton's School and, from 1855, Branch School in Bombay. A brilliant student at Elphinstone College...

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Mehta, Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee (1845–1915)  

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Sir Pherozeshah Merwanjee Mehta (1845–1915) by unknown photographer, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Naoroji, Dadabhai (1825–1917)  

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Dadabhai Naoroji (1825–1917) by unknown photographer Getty Images

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Naoroji, Dadabhai (1825–1917), politician  

David Lewis Jones

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Naoroji, Dadabhai (1825–1917), politician, was born in Khadak, near Bombay, on 4 September 1825, the only son of Naoroji Palanji Dordi, a poor Parsi priest, and his wife, Manekbai. He was educated in Bombay at Elphinstone College, where he remained as a teacher and, with his appointment to the chair of mathematics and natural philosophy (1854), became the first Indian professor. He established a newspaper, ...

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Petit, Sir Dinshaw Manockjee, first baronet (1823–1901), cotton merchant and philanthropist in India  

F. H. Brown

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Petit, Sir Dinshaw Manockjee, first baronet (1823–1901), cotton merchant and philanthropist in India, was born at Bombay on 30 June 1823, the elder of two sons of Manockjee Nasarwanji Petit (1803–1859), a Parsi merchant, and his wife, Bai Humabai (1809–1851), daughter of J. D. ...

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Sir Dinshaw Manockjee Petit, first baronet (1823–1901) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shapurji Saklatvala (1874–1936) by Bassano, 1922 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Saklatvala, Shapurji (1874–1936), politician  

Mike Squires

Saklatvala, Shapurji (1874–1936), politician, was born in Bombay on 28 March 1874, the son of Dorabji Saklatvala, a merchant, and his wife, Jerbai Tata, a sister of J. N. Tata, the owner of India's largest commercial and industrial empire. The Saklatvala children were brought up alongside those of the ...

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Shields, Cuthbert [formerly Robert Laing] (1840–1908), historian and eccentric  

Mary Clapinson

Shields, Cuthbert [formerly Robert Laing] (1840–1908), historian and eccentric, was born on 21 March 1840 in George Street, North Shields, Northumberland, the first child of Robert Laing, master mariner, and his wife, Charlotte Sophia, daughter of Dr Charles Coleman of Maidstone, Kent...