Dr. J. J. Rawal has received M.Sc. degree (Applied Mathematics), M.Sc. (Pure Mathematics) both from University of Mumbai, M. Phil with distinction from University of Calcutta through Satyendranath Bose Institute of Physical Sciences and Ph.D. from University of Mumbai through TIFR in Astrophysics under the supervision of Professor J. V. Narlikar, Professor Sukumar Biswas and Professor S. M. Chitre. Dr. Rawal was born in Halvad, a small town of Surendranagar District of Gujarat on March 30, 1943. Dr. Rawal was Director Research, Nehru Planetarium and also Director of Nehru Planetarium of Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai. He is the President of Janseva Kendra, Borivali since the year 2000. He was the Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the Indian Physics Association (Mumbai Chapter) during 1992-2001.
In the 70s and 80s he studied the formation of the Solar system and satellite systems of planets and predicted the existence of the outermost rings around planets Saturn and Uranus, full ring system of Neptune and new satellites going around the giant planets which were later on confirmed by earth based telescopes and by the pioneer and voyager space probes when they flew past these planets. Dr. Rawal conducted research on Rings around Galaxies, Clouds of Comets around the Solar and Satellite Systems, Lagrangian Points, Planetary Distance Law, Resonant Structures in the Solar System, New asteroidal Belts in the Solar and Satellite Systems, Intra-Mercurial Planets, ring system around the sun whether there are satellites around Mercury and Venus. He also studied Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and published several research papers. So far he has published 40 research papers in national and international Research journals. Recently he has published research papers titled: (i) Are There Rings and unknown Satellites Around Pluto?, (ii) Are There Rings Around the Sun?, (iii) Mass as the fifth dimension of the Universe and others. Even today his research work is going on.
Dr. Rawal has been writing Weekly Science Column in Janmabhoomi Pravasi for the past 35 years. He has also written articles in almost all leading National Newspapers. Presently he is also writing Weekly Science Column in Janmabhoomi Pravasi, Mumbai Samachar and Gujarat Guardian. Dr. Rawal has written over 2000 articles on Science and Astronomy in various newspapers and magazines in Gujarati, Hindi and English and given that many lectures at various places such as schools, Collages, University, Rotaries, Lions, Mandals, Social Groups etc. in the country and abroad and also given scores of radio and TV Programmes. He has written 8 science fiction stories. His series of radio talks in Gujarati on the Life and work of Einstein ran for 80 talks in 2005, on the occasion of the Centenary Year of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and was a talk of the town. He has given many such radio talks. He has written 20 booklets on Astronomy and Science. Recently he has written books entitled: (1) The Orion: Antiquity of Vedas in English and Gujarati. This is a revised version of Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s Orion.(2) Science of 2nd Millennium (3) Life and Work of Galileo (4) Life and Work of Newton (5) Life and Work of Einstein all in Gujarati and English. They are published by Nav Bharat Sahitya Mandir in 2012.
He is a recipient of Shri Munubhai Mehta Award and prestigious Marathi Vigyan Parishad’s Smt. Manoramabai Apte Award, Award for Science writing by Govt. of Gujarat, Gujarat Ratna Award, and several other prestigious awards. He has received Nation’s prestigious award for science popularization in the country given by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India at the hands of the then Minister of Science and Technology, Government of India. He was honoured for his discoveries in the Solar System by Marathi Vigyan Mahasangh and Marathi Vigyan Parishad combined at the hands of Professor B. M. Udgaonkar, very senior and respected Professor of TIFR. He has been given Civil Honour by Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Corporations of Rajkot, Halvad and Bhuj for his contribution in research in the field of science. He won the UGC School of Einstein Theory of Relativity Award which was held at Kolhapur in 1982. He has received Awards from various Organizations like Amrita, Saurashtra Education Foundation, Kala Gurjari, Allen Career Institute, Shri M. D. Mehta Memorial Award and like. He has received Aryabhata Award from All India Ramanujan Mathematics Club.
He has been honoured by Shri Narendrabhai Modi, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat on the eve of Republic Day 26th January 2010.
The book entitled ‘Brahmand Darshan’ in Gujarati written by Dr. J. J. Rawal was released by the first lady Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt. Anandiben Patel in a special
function arranged on 14th September, 2015 at Swarnim Sankul, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. On the Eve of Independent Day of 2016 he was felicitated by Shri Vijay Rupani Chief Minister of Gujarat. He was also felicitated by Gujarat Council of Education and Research, Gandhinagar for his research work and science popularization and scientific activities.
Dr. Rawal was felicitated by Halvad Yuvak Mandal for his contribution in Astronomy on April 24, 2012.
Dr. Rawal was honoured by citizens of Mota Devalia by Purushattam Rupala, National Vice President of Bhartiya Janta Party and Pujya Apurva Swamy of BAPS on 16th February, 2013.
Dr. Rawal is a Fellow of Gujarat Academy of Science and also a member of American Astronomical Society and National Academy of Science of India and several other scientific societies.
He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Mumbai for the past 16 years teaching Astrophysics in the final year of M. Sc.. In connection with International Conferences and Short Visiting Fellowships and Professorships, he has visited USA, Japan, Germany, Australia, South Korea, Iran, Austria, Czechoslovakia Malaysia several times. He is Hindi Kovid, Sanskrit Bhushan, Sanskrit Kovid and has Diploma in German Language.
Dr. Rawal was invited as the Visiting Professor by the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for one month in September, 2012. He has been invited to be the Visiting Professor for two years in the University of Malaya, which he did not accept.
Dr. Rawal is the Founder President of the Indian Planetary Society and he is heading the Society in its endeavor to popularize Astronomy and allied subjects and to carry out research in these fields, and under his Presidentship the Society has received two very prestigious awards (1) National Awards for Society’s scientific activities in the year 2005 given by Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and (2) Mahavir Foundation Award of Rs. 10 lakhs given by Chennai based Mahavir Foudation. Under his guidance the Society held five national and international conferences two in Mumbai and one in each Ahmedabad, Bhuj and Surat. Society also carries out research in Astrophysics and allied subjects.
Dr. Rawal has interest in music, singing, drawing, reading, art, history, philosophy and travelling.