Special Report: Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn: Princess Scientist of Thailand


Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has made great contributions to the fields of chemistry and medicine in Thailand with her strong dedication and determination to develop the country in the footsteps of His Majesty the King.

HRH Princess Chulabhorn was born on 4 July 1957 as the third child of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. After graduating with a first-class honors degree in chemistry at Kasetsart University, the Princess has pursued her education in chemistry and conducted extensive research in chemistry-related fields and cancer. She has been a Professor of Chemistry at Mahidol University since 1985. The Princess’ scientific accomplishments have earned her UNESCO’s Einstein Medal for her continuous effort in promoting scientific collaboration in Asia and the Pacific.

Realizing the problem of shortage of medical and public health personnel in Thailand, HRH Princess Chulabhorn founded Chulabhorn Research Institute in 1987. She’s the incumbent President of the institute whose ultimate goal is to utilize science and technology to prove the quality of life. Apart from conducting research and supporting studies on medical science, the prolific Chualbhorn Research Institute also acts as a center for education and human resources development in the field of science and technology with cooperation from international organizations.

HRH Princess Chulabhorn is also renowned for her contributions to cancer research and treatments. She established a cancer center which strives for academic excellence and development of cancer treatments with the most advanced technology in the region and international standard methods.

In terms of the environmental, HRH Princess Chulabhorn plays an important role in supporting the use of scientific knowledge to conserve the environment and the use technology for agricultural and forestry management. Similarly to the other members of the Royal Family, HRH Princess Chulabhorn is the royal patron of many foundations and projects such as the Light for Life Foundation for Epilepsy, Thapthim Siam School 04 in Surin province as well as a Dharma radio station in Udon Thani province.

HRH Princess Chulabhorn has been following the footsteps of Their Majesties the King and Queen by working for the betterment of all Thais. Her great achievements and dedication for the country are the key to her status as “Princess Scientist” who is the light of Thailand.