Thai exhibit celebrates ‘King Rama IX: The Great Scientist’

An exhibit showcasing the life-long efforts of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand to promote scientific research will be on display at the Red Gym, 716 Langdon Street, June 21-28, sponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The formal opening of the exhibit, “King Rama IX: The Great Scientist,” will be held Friday, June 21, at noon, followed by a reception. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibition describes how the king’s initiatives have resulted in such innovations as integrated farming and sustainable agriculture models, the Chaipattana Low Speed Surface Aerator to help improve water conditions, and the utilization of vetiver grass to help prevent soil erosion.  These efforts have contributed significantly to improving the livelihood of the people of Thailand.

For further information, contact Katherine Bowie, Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, at 263-1755 or email