Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand will visit Brigham Young University on May 24 to talk about her research and to receive a Presidential Citation.
President Jeffrey R. Holland will honor the princess for her work in developing international understanding and in promoting public health and nutrition. She will speak at 11 a.m. in Room 238, Clark Building - the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. She will discuss "Natural Products for Development."Princess Chulabhorn is the youngest child of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. She earned her doctorate in organic chemistry at Mahidol University in Thailand in 1985.
Honorary doctorates were bestowed on her after 1985 by universities in Thailand, Japan and Korea. She has been a guest professor at Ulm University in Germany and at the Tokyo University of Agriculture in Japan.
Her research projects have included studies of medicinal plants, adaptation of modern food preservation methods to rural areas, and dyeing technology in rural areas.
In 1982, she married Squadron Leader Virayuth Didyasarin, now assistant operations officer, Tactical Fighter Squadron 411, Wing 41 in Chiangmai Province. They are the parents of two daughters.