One of the pioneering industrialists of India, Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy (J.R.D) Tata was a legend in his life time. He raised Tata Group to new heights, during his long tenure as its head. Under him, the Tata Group diversified into a large number of sectors, from airlines to hotels, trucks to locomotives, soda ash, heavy chemicals to pharmaceuticals, and financial services to tea, air-conditioning etc. He was not only an industrialist, but was a pioneering aviator too and brought commercial aviation to India. Besides being a patron of the arts and a philanthropist, he was a great leader and motivator. He was also the longest serving member of the Atomic Energy Commission. He was honoured with Bharat Ratna, besides other prestigious awards and honours.