IT industry loses a pioneer; Hemant Sonawala is no more

Sonal Desai
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Hemant Sonawala

MUMBAI, INDIA: Hemant Sonawala—one of the pioneers of the domestic IT industry is no more.


He died on May 30, 2015 at the age of 78.

Sonawala started Hinditron in 1966; and its computer division in 1971. He was also the founder of Digital Equipment India—the first technology IPO in India. DEI was later acquired by HP.

He was also associated with the Computer Society of India, the IEEE, Nasscom, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci).