Aug 19, 2009

Korat Science week 2009

On Thailand National Science Day, 18 August every year, there's a ceremony to pay respect to the Father of Science of Thailand, His Majesty King Rama IV, also known as King Mongkut, and this year 2009, the major ceremony in Korat is held at Suranaree University of Technology.

King Mongkut devoted his spare time to study of astronomy and was able to predict the accurrence of the total solar eclipse, at Wa Kor sub-district in Prachuap Khiri Khan province on August 18, 1868 over a century ago-so well as if he were equipped with modern scientific equipment.

In 1982, the Bangkok Bicentennial Anniversary Year, the Thai Government designated him the “ Father of Science of Thailand ” . The Thai Scientists are all grateful to him for his pioneering spirit in introducing modern science to national development. Therefore, they all reached a consensus to make August 18 of every year the “Thai National Science Day”.

In Korat, Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) organised Korat Science Week 2009 during 18-19 August 2009. Many people, students were invited to join the event. At Surapat II Building, students from many schools all over Northeastern region (Issan) presented their sciences projects.