Making a Donation to the Bundhit Kantabutra Chaired Professorship Fund
Statistics Department, Chulalongkorn University

Chula's Statistical Computing Center, built by Prof. Bundhit to house Thailand's first computer.

Thailand's First Computer: the Dawn of Thailand's Information Age

Prof. Bundhit organized the purchase of Thailand's very first computer. The machine, an  IBM 1620, became operational on 9 August 1963, marking the beginning of Thailand's Information Age. 

Prof. Bundhit  led the organization of computer programming classes (taught in FORTRAN and COBOL, both new languages at the time) here at the Department of Statistics. These classes were open not only to the department's own students but also to the general public.  Many students from other departments, as well as government officials and people from the private sector, took the country's first computer programming classes and became Thailand's first generation of Information Technology specialists. Even people from the United Nations took computer programming classes at the Statistical Computing Center. 

The 1620 had a market price of over 2 million baht, a very large sum of money at the time. (A person with a million baht, or a "sethi ngoen lan" in Thai, was considered rich in those days.) In the spirit of Prof. Bundhit's great organizational and fundraising skills, we hope to raise 10 million baht for the chaired professorship in his name.

Donation by Check
Donation by Direct Fund Transfer
There are two ways in which you can make a donation.

    For donations from within Thailand please make a check out to  "Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University."  The check may be delivered in person at the Department of Statistics, or mailed to the following address:
            Department of Statistics 
            Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy 
            Chulalongkorn University 
            Phayathai Road 
            Bangkok 10330, Thailand 
            Attn: Professor Bundhit Kantabutra fund.

    For international donations please make a check out to  "The Professor Bundhit Kantabutra Fund."  The check may then be mailed to the following address:
            Tanya Himathongkam
            2633 Benvenue Ave. #2
            Berkeley, CA 94704
            Tel. 001-510-548-2057
            Attn: Professor Bundhit Kantabutra fund.


    For donations from within Thailand please transfer funds directly to the following account: 
    Bank Name Siam Commercial Bank
    Branch Sapakachad Branch
    Account Name Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy
    Account Number 045-2-21885-1
    Important Please send us the bank slip and your mailing address or fax number so that we can keep track of each donation and issue a receipt. You may send this information by means of a fax at this number: (02) 218-5715 Attn: Suchada (International callers: country code 66, local code 2.) To contact Prof. Dr. Suchada, click  here.

    For international donations please transfer funds directly to the following account: 
    Bank Name & Branch Bank of America, Berkeley Main
    Address 2129 Shattuck Ave., 
    Berkeley, CA 94704-1296
    Account Name The Professor Bundhit Kantabutra Fund
    Routing Number 121000358
    Account Number 01750 10156
    Important When directly transferring funds to an account, the bank often does not inform the account owner of the source of the funds in a legible fashion.  Therefore please inform us of the transfer by sending email to Tanya Himathongkam at  or calling her at 001-510-548-2057 (Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.).

    About the Fund and Donation Procedures Prof. Dr. Suchada Kiranandana, Chulalongkorn University's Dean of the Graduate School and Prof. Bundhit's former student, by email at or by telephone at (02)-218-5715 or (02) 218-3510. (International callers: country code 66, local code 2.)
    About the Web Site Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vitit Kantabutra of Idaho State University, U.S.A., at