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Dara Pirojshaw Antia (1914-1999), was a metallurgical engineer, researcher and business executive, who founded the Indian Institute of Metals. Antia was born into a Parsi family in Bulsar and was the seventh child in a family of nine children. Antia obtained a bachelor's degree in science from the Banaras Hindu University and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was also an alumnus of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He was named by the Government of India as Director of Metals from 1946-50, during which period he founded the Indian Institute of Metals. Antia also co-founded the Journal of Alloy Phase Diagrams and Journal of Phase Equilibria, and was a recipient of the Henry Marion Howe Medal, awarded by the American Society for Metals, in 1945. Antia later served as deputy managing director of Union Carbide and played an important role in its expansion across India. Antia was also a Ranji Trophy cricketer and a member of the All India Council for Technical Education.

The Indian Institute of Metals has instituted an annual lecture in Antia's memory. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, delivering the first lecture in 2006, described Antia as having made an "outstanding contribution to the development of metallurgy in India" and for having "promoted the design, development of many new strategically important alloys"

About IIM

The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) is a premier organization representing materials and metallurgical engineers in India. Founded in 1946 by a group of metallurgists led by Dr. D.P. Antia, IIM is the largest professional organization for metallurgists in India with over 10,000 members from R&D laboratories, academia and industry. The two main objectives of IIM are: promoting and advancing the science and technology of metals and alloys and protecting the interests of metallurgists and metallurgical industry. Established in 1947, IIM Pune Chapter has been actively engaged in organizing important professional events for the benefit of metallurgical fraternity in and around Pune. In addition to various national level activities, IIM Pune Chapter in collaboration with IIM Mumbai, IIM Baroda, IIM Nagpur Chapters and College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) had hosted the 52 th National Metallurgists’ Day (NMD) and the 68 Annual Technical Meeting (ATM) of the Indian Institute of Metals from 12-15 November 2014 on the College of Engineering, Pune Campus.

Dr. Dara Antia Memorial Lecture Committees
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