In 1822, aged 14, Ardaseer joined his father at the dockyards. He is described to have been particularly interested in steam engines.
In 1833, aged 25, he launched a small 60 ton ocean-going ship of his design. This ship,the
, would subsequently warrant a mention in his nomination for the Royal Society.
On March 10, 1834, in the presence of the Governor of Bombay, he had his house andgardens atMazgaonlit using gas lighting.
In 1837, he was elected a non-resident member of theRoyal Asiatic Society.
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
ey from Bombay to E
, which was published in London in1840. While in England, he constructed a steam engine, which he then had shipped toIndia for installation on the
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."
In 1855 he was elected a
ustice of the Peace.
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.
On May 27, 1969, theIndian Postal Serviceissued a commemorative stamp inrecognition of his contributions as "pioneer and innovator."
ahman Pestonji Wadia
ahman Pestonji Wadia
omanji Pestonji Wadia
) (* 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
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