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Wadia family
The
Wadia family
(Gujarati:
‘™š€™
 
ˆšŽ‘™Ž
) is aParsifamily originally based inSurat. Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadiabegan the Wadia shipbuilding dynasty in 1736, when he obtained acontract from theBritish East India Companyfor building docks and ships in Bombay (present-dayMumbai). Although the Wadia's would eventually come to be considered a Bombay family,many of them remained in Surat, where one branch of the family established a break-up port(where ships are dismantled) that remains one of the largest of its kind in the world.By the 1840s, the family was one of the leading forces in the Indian shipbuilding industry. Bythat time they had built over a hundred warships for the British and had trading networks aroundthe world.TheStar Spangled Banner , the national anthem of the United States, was written in 1812 on aWadia built British Navy ship, theHMS Minden. A Wadia did not visit theUnited Statesuntil 1849, whenArdeshir Cursetji Wadiaalso became the firstParsito do so
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Ardaseer Cursetjee 
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Bahman Pestonji Wadia 
y
 
D
arashaw Nosherwan Wadia 
y
 
Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia 
y
 
 Neville Wadia 
y
 
D
ina Wadia 
y
 
 Nusli Wadia 
y
 
 Ness Wadia  Nina Wadia 
y
 
J
ehangir Wadia 
y
 
Y
ohan Wadia 
y
 
Ar
dasee
r
Cu
r
setjee
 
y
 
Ar
dasee
r
Cu
r
setjee (Wadia)
 FRS(October 6, 1808 ± November 16, 1877) was anIndianshipbuilder and engineer.
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He is noted for having been the first Indian to be elected aFellowof theRoyal Society. He is also recorded as having introduced several (at the time) novel technologies to thecity of Bombay (nowMumbai
 
), including gas lighting, the sewing machine, steam pump-driven irrigation and electro-plating
 
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Ardaseer Cursetjee was the son of Cursetjee Rustomjee, scion of theWadia familyof shipbuilders and naval architects, and master builder at the Bombay
D
ockyard (today,Mumbai's Naval
D
ockyard
 
).
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In 1822, aged 14, Ardaseer joined his father at the dockyards. He is described to have been particularly interested in steam engines.
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In 1833, aged 25, he launched a small 60 ton ocean-going ship of his design. This ship,the
 Indus
, would subsequently warrant a mention in his nomination for the Royal Society.
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On March 10, 1834, in the presence of the Governor of Bombay, he had his house andgardens atMazgaonlit using gas lighting.
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In 1837, he was elected a non-resident member of theRoyal Asiatic Society.
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In 1839, at the age of 31, he traveled overland to England to further his studies of marinesteam power on behalf of theEast India Company. He recounted his journey in
The Diaryof a
n
Overla
nd 
Jo
u
n
ey from Bombay to E 
ng 
la
nd 
, which was published in London in1840. While in England, he constructed a steam engine, which he then had shipped toIndia for installation on the
 Indus
.
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On May 27, 1841, Cursetjee was electedFellowof theRoyal Society. The nomination, made bySpencer Compton, Marquess of Northampton, the then President of the Society,describes him as a "gentleman well versed in the theory and practice of naval architecture and devoted to scientific pursuits." It credits him with both the introduction of gaslighting to Bombay, as well as having "built a [sea-going] vessel of 60 tons to which headapted a Steam Engine."
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In 1855 he was elected a
J
ustice of the Peace.
y
 
Ardaseer Cursetjee remained Chief Engineer until August 1, 1857, when he retired. Hereturned to England, where he settled. He died, aged 69, on November 16, 1877 inRichmond.
y
 
On May 27, 1969, theIndian Postal Serviceissued a commemorative stamp inrecognition of his contributions as "pioneer and innovator."
B
ahman Pestonji Wadia
B
ahman Pestonji Wadia
oder 
B
omanji Pestonji Wadia
(
 BP Wa
ia
,
 B.P. Wa
ia
or 
 BPW 
) (* 8October 1881 inMumbai,India; ‚ 20 August 1958 inBangalore, India) was a theosophist. He was first a member of theTS Adyar , later of theUnited Lodge of Theosophists. In 1903 he joined the TS inMumbaiand moved toAdyar in 1908. He worked for the journalThe Theosophist. He became president of the
 Ma
ra
 s
Textile Worker 
 s' 
n
io
n
and engaged himself for worker's rights.In 1919 he visited the ULT inLos Angelesand was very impressed. When he returned to Adyar in 1919, he tried to work for a change of direction in the TS Adyar, based on the ideals of theULT, but didn't succeed. He became disappointed and left the TS Adyar to work for the ULT inLos Angeles.In 1923 he founded several lodges on the east coast of the States. In 1925 he founded a lodge inthe UK. In 1928 a lodge was founded inFrance, in 1929 in Mumbai, and in 1930 he published
 
the journal "The Aryan Path". In 1928 he married
ophia Camacho (1911-1986)
. In 1945 hefounded
The
 Ind 
ia
n
 
 Ins
tit 
u
te of Worl 
u
lt 
u
re ( 
 II 
WC)
inBangalore. Other lodges of the ULTwere founded in the States, Europe and India
D
a
r
ashaw Noshe
r
wan Wadia
D
a
r
ashaw Noshe
r
wan Wadia
(October 25, 1863 ± 1969) was a geologistfor theGeological Survey of India. He was born atSuratinGujarat. He helped establish geological studies and investigations in India
[1]
, specifically including the Institute of HimalayanGeology, which was renamed theWadia Instituate of Himalayan Geologyafter him in 1976.He was awardePadma Bhushanby Indian Government in 1958.
D
r.V.C.Thakur, former director of the WIHG, in his
 R
e
 s
o
n
a
n
ce
article of 
 Feb 2003, 65-75
 
[2]
,writes
D
N Wadia was one among the great geologists in the Geological Survey of India who laid thefoundation of the geological investigations in India by their pioneering work. Not only was his a pioneering work in a little known territory but also a signal contribution to the understanding othe geological evolution of a spectacular but unique feature in the mountain arcs of the world.The elucidation and explanation he offered won him universal approbation. Most of hisobservations and interpretations in those early days of Indian geology still hold good. Theremoteness and arduous nature of the terrain did not deter him from carrying out extensive and prolonged field work in Kashmir, Hazara, Nanga Parbat and Gilgit regions of northwesternHimalaya. He explained the abnormal sequence of rock formations of varied ages innorthwestern Kashmir, analysed the structure of the unique knee-bend of the mountain chainsaround the knot called Nanga Parbat and gave an in-depth geological account of the terra-incognito that Chilas, Astor-
D
eosai and Hazara districts then were. His book, "The Geology of India", written in 1919 and published by MacMillan, became the source book for students for along period of time. It made six editions ± the last one in 1966.
L
ovji Nusse
r
wanjee Wadia
L
ovji Nusse
r
wanjee Wadia
(1702±1774) was aParsifromSurat,Indiaand was a member of  theWadia familyof shipwrightsand naval architects.
[1][2]
 Known for his high standards of workmanship, Lovji Wadia secured contracts with theBritishEast India Companyto build ships and docks in Bombay in 1736.
[3]
This, and subsequent efforts,would result in Bombay becoming a strategic port for the British colonial undertakings inAsia.TheBombaydry-dock, the first dry-dock in Asia, was built by Lovji and his brother Sorabji in1750.

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