Chulabhorn Walailak

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Chulabhorn Walailak
Princess of Thailand
Princess Chulabhorn 2010-12-7 cropped2.jpg
Princess Chulabhorn Walailak in 2010
Born (1957-07-04) 4 July 1957 (age 59)
Bangkok, Thailand
Spouse Virayudh Tishyasarin
(m. 1982; div. 1996)
Issue Princess Siribhachudhabhorn
Princess Adityadhornkitikhun
House Mahidol (Chakri Dynasty)
Father King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
Mother Queen Sirikit
Religion Buddhism

Princess Chulabhorn Walailak (Thai: จุฬาภรณวลัยลักษณ์; Thai pronunciation: [tɕù.lāː.pʰɔːn.wá.lāj.lák]; rtgsChulaphon Walailak; born 4 July 1957, Bangkok) or Chulabhorn Mahidol is a princess of Thailand, the youngest daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. As a royal princess, she is styled Her Royal Highness.


Princess Chulabhorn studied chemistry and graduated in 1979 from the Faculty of Science at Kasetsart University, with a Bachelor of Science, First Class Honours. She continued to study Science at Mahidol University, where she received her doctorate in 1985.

She is heavily involved in the promotion of scientific research, and regularly gives awards and prizes. She held the position of a guest lecturer in chemistry at the Mahidol University. She also serves as president of the Chulabhorn Research Institute. She was awarded the UNESCO Einstein Medal[1] for her efforts in promoting scientific collaboration in 1986 and was the first Asian to be invited to join the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom as an Honorary Fellow.[2]

Marriage and family[edit]

She married Royal Thai Air Force Air Vice Marshal Virayudh Tishyasarin (Thai: วีระยุทธ ดิษยะศริน; rtgsWirayut Dityasarin), a commoner, in 1981. According to royal custom, she would lose her title when marrying a man of lesser position. However, she was granted a special permission by her father to keep her rank of Chao Fa. From this marriage, which eventually ended in divorce, she has two daughters:

Honorary degrees[edit]

Year Field Academy
1984 Social Work Thammasat University
1987 Chemistry Khon Kaen University
1998 Chemistry Suranaree University of Technology
1999 Science University of Wollongong
2000 Health Science Thammasat University
2001 Music Education Kasetsart University
2003 Chemistry Thaksin University
2005 Biological Science Kasetsart University
2005 Biomedical Science Prince of Songkla University
2005 Medical Science Walailak University
2005 Chemistry Burapha University
2005 Applied Chemistry King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
2005 Chemistry King Mongkut's Institute of Technology North Bangkok
2005 Environmental Biology Suranaree University of Technology
2005 Biotechnology Mae Fah Luang University
2006 Biochemistry Khon Kaen University
2006 Biotechnology Silpakorn University


Royal cypher of Princess Chulabhorn Walailak
Year Award Awarder
1986 Einstein Medal UNESCO
2002 EMS-Hollaender International Fellow Award Environment Mutagen Society
2006 Special Recognition Award Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
2006 Nagoya Medal Special Award Nagoya Medal Organizing Committee
2009 Adolf Windaus Medal University of Göttingen, Germany

Institutions associated with the Princess[edit]

Styles of
Princess Chulabhorn Walailak of Thailand
Female Royalty's Standard of Thailand.svg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

There are many things and places named after HRH Princess Chulabhorn to commemorate her.

Academic and institute
Flora and fauna


Foreign Honours[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chulabhorn Research Institute". Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Membership and professional community". Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Dutch State Visit to Thailand: January 19-23, 2004 - Page 3". The Royal Forums. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-03-31. 

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Chulabhorn Walailak
Born: 4 July 1957
Thai royalty
Preceded by
The Princess Royal
Line of succession to the Thai throne
5th position
Succeeded by
Princess Siribhachudhabhorn
Order of precedence
Preceded by
The Princess Royal
The Royal Daughter
5th position
Succeeded by
Ubolratana Rajakanya