1921His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla of Thailand completed a sanitation survey of Gloucester.People and Communities, Government and Public Service, Health

Photograph shows Mahidol Adulyadej, Prince of Songkla [Siam] and his wife Princess Srinagarindra upon their arrival to New York on the White Star liner Olympic, December 22, 1920. Bains News Service, Prince & Princess Mahidol, December 1920, Photograph, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2014711872/
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HRH Prince Mahidol first vacationed in Gloucester in 1916 as part of the Siamese (Thai) legation of Washington D.C. before beginning his studies at Harvard University to study public health. While a student at Harvard, he negotiated an agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation to provide funding for education in medicine, nursing, and public health in Thailand. He often returned to Gloucester to write a report for a class in sanitation taught by one of Harvard Chan School’s founders Milton Rosenau. The report assessed the town’s water quality and also addressed deaths from the 1918 flu epidemic, occupational health among the town’s fishermen, and a range of other public health topics.

“KTBF - The King of Thailand Birthplace Foundation.” http://www.thailink.com/ktbf/. Avenue, 677 Huntington, et al. “Celebrating the Legacy of Thailand’s ‘Father of Public Health and Modern Medicine.’” News, 1 Sept. 2016, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/celebrating-thailand-father-of-public-health-and-modern-medicine/.
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