King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the much loved and respected king of Thailand. He was the longest-serving monarch in Thai history. He was born in the USA in 1927 and was educated in Switzerland. He was an excellent musician, artist, inventor, sailor and sailboat designer. His popularity as king helped him maintain peace in his country many times.
Bhumibol came to Thailand for the first time in 1928. He completed his elementary education in Bangkok and in 1933 moved to Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Lausanne. His elder brother was crowned King of Thailand in 1935 and Bhumibol became heir to the throne. He became King Rama IX following the death of his brother in 1946.