Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Princess Sirindhorn was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by SOAS in 1996 in recognition of her work in pursuit of her dedication to Thailand, the Thai people and Thai Studies. An accomplished musician, Princess Sirindhorn also holds degrees in History, Oriental Epigraphy, Pali-Sanskit and the development of Education from universities in Thailand as well as a number of a number of honorary degrees and awards from universities and other institutions internationally. She is currently Head of the Department of History of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy where she teaches Thai history and the history of Thailand's relations with its neighbours in South East Asia and beyond.
Princess Sirindhorn has a long and close association with SOAS, having visited classes, participated in seminars, opened conferences and supported the study and teaching of Thai music at the School.
In Thailand, Her Royal Highness is often referred to as the "Princess of Technology", a name inspired by her commitment to promoting the nation's scientific development. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service, the Chinese Language and Culture Friendship Award, the Understanding and Friendship International Literature Award, the Indira Gandhi Prize and the International Education Leadership Award.