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List of Notable Parsis
In science and industry
- Gav Bomi Master developed Solar Power rapid urban trnasit system
- 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.
- Adi Bulsara (1952-): Physicist
- 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 (1879-1962): civil engineer; master constructor of Bombay
- Fardunjee Marzban (1787-1847): publisher, founded the first vernacular 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 (1880-1960): 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.
- Ardeshir Darabshaw Shroff (1899-1965): economist; delegate at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference; co-author of the Bombay Plan; founder-director of the Investment Corporation of India; first Indian chairman of the Bank of India
- 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
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, film actress, television presenter
- Bejan Daruwalla (1931- ): astrologer.
- Sam Dastor (1941- ): television actor and director.
- Maneckji Nusserwanji Dhalla (1875–1956): high priest and religious scholar.
- Farrukh Dhondy (1944- ): novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, journalist.
- Farokh Engineer (1938- ): cricketer.
- Kaizad Gustad (1968- ): film director.
- Boman Irani (1962-) : Indian film and theatre actor, host of the 2007 IIFA awards
- Firdaus Kanga (1960- ): author, actor and screenwriter.
- Persis Khambatta (1950–1998): actress and model. Miss India in 1965.
- Behramji Malabari (1853-1912): poet, publicist, author, and social reformer.
- Mehli Mehta (1908-2002): musician; founder of the Bombay Philharmonic and Bombay String Orchestras.
- Zubin Mehta (1936- ): musician; conductor of the London, Los Angeles and Israel Philharmonic 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.
- Ray Panthaki (1979- ): Actor and film 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.
- Frene Ginwala (19??- ): Is a member of the ANC and aided Nelson Mandela in abolishing apartheid in South Africa. Later served for 7 years as Speaker Of the House of Parliament in South Africa
- 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.
- Khurshed 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.
- Bukhtyar Rustomji (1899-1936), Mumbai-born Lancaster doctor executed for murdering his wife and a maid
- 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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|Anonymous||The Late Cawas Jehangirji Bardoliwalla. BEng, DIC, CEng FIMechE UK||0||Aug 9 2010, 5:14 PM EDT by Anonymous|
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My late father who in the UK during the 60's and 70's against all odds especially racism manage to 'defy the laws of gravity' and achieve a position of seniority withing essentially an august 'white mans' Company of great heritage, namely Rolls Royce (UK) ltd, In essence my late father was so well qualified as an Architectural Mechanical Engineer that I honestly believe that they could not refuse, yet alone deny him a position that he so confidently knew he could easily conquer and ndeed he did and was promoted forewith to Senior Architect for Automotive design, sadly within 3 weeks prior to his untimely death aged 42 years he was due to assume the positon of Head of Rolls Royce's Aerospce ( Civil & Defence ) Division in Crew, UK. Therefore my question is why is my late father not given due recognition as a 'Notable Parsee' ?. Sincerely, Neville Cawas Cyrus Bardoliwalla Esq.
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|Anonymous||Neville Cawas Cyrus Bardoliwalla says, " Parsee and Proud of it "||1||Jun 30 2010, 4:44 AM EDT by Anonymous|
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Parsi and Proud of it - ought to be our moto
Neville Cawas Cyrus Bardoliwalla Esq
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|Anonymous||Proud to be Parsi||1||Jun 21 2010, 1:21 PM EDT by zxingzxing|
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I am so Proud that we belong to this great community who have done such great works. Where are we now? WHAT ARE WE DOING NOW? ARE THERE ANY MORE PARSIS WHO LIKE TO DO SOMETHING FOR OUR COMMUNITY?
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