Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar
शंतनुराव लक्ष्मणराव किर्लोस्कर
Kirloskar on a 2003 stamp of India
Born(1903-05-28)28 May 1903
Died24 April 1994(1994-04-24) (aged 90)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
NationalityBritish Indian (1903 - 1947)
Indian (1947 - 1994)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.)
Occupation(s)Chairman, Kirloskar Group
SpouseYamutai Kirloskar
ChildrenChandrakant Kirloskar
Srikant Kirloskar
Sarojini Amin
AwardsPadma Bhushan (1965)

Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar (28 May 1903 – 24 April 1994) was an Indian businessman who was instrumental in the rapid growth of the Kirloskar Group.[1]

S. L. Kirloskar was the son of Laxmanrao Kirloskar, who established the Kirloskar Group and the township of Kirloskarwadi. S. L. Kirloskar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was among the first Indians to graduate from MIT.

After the end of World War II, the Kirloskar Group grew rapidly under the leadership of S. L. Kirloskar. In 1946, he established Kirloskar Electric Company and Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited at Bangalore and Pune, respectively. He is credited with developing the manufacture of the diesel engine indigenously as an import substitute after India attained independence. He penned an autobiography under the title Cactus and Roses.

Kirloskar was awarded Padma Bhushan in the year 1965 for his contribution to trade and industry.[2]

On 26 February 2003,[3] Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India, released a commemorative postage stamp marking the 100th anniversary of Kirloskar's birth.



  1. ^ "S. L. Kirloskar, 90, Industrialist in India". The New York Times. 6 May 1994. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 14 April 2023.
  2. ^ "India at a Glance | National Portal of India". 21 May 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  3. ^ "India Post website, Philately, Stamp Image, 2003". 23 June 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.