Jonathan Browning, chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Lord Bhattacharyya was unique and this is very sad news. The region and, in fact the whole of the UK industry, owes him a huge debt. He was a one-man force of nature who achieved so much for Coventry and Warwickshire, University of Warwick, WMG and the UK.
“He was a pioneer who saw how academia and industry could work together closer to drive forward advancements – especially in engineering and manufacturing – but he is also the man who turned that realisation into reality, often through his force of personality.
“His influence goes back four decades and was felt by every single government since that time and right until his death he was brining investment to Coventry and Warwickshire.
“The rescue, survival and subsequent success of Jaguar Land Rover can be traced directly back to him and the way he refused to let the company die.
“By his nature, he is irreplaceable but he leaves many legacies, including the on-going success of WMG across its many operations. His death will be felt across the industrialised world.”