Suwaphan Sanithawong (สุวพรรณ สนิทวงศ์)
Name of a
who was the eldest son of
Saai Sanithawong (fig.).
was born on 12
November 1863 and passed away on 21 January 1926. He joined the
royal court at the age of 7, but at the age of 9 he was then chosen
to be sent abroad to be educated as a physician, in order to succeed
his father in this profession. In 1884, he finished his medical
studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and returned to
where he joined his father at the royal court where the latter at
that time was
court physician, becoming
his assistant both in medical and military matters, receiving the
rank of Major. When his father in 1890 received the concessions to
Khlong Rangsit Prayoonsak, i.e.
(fig.), in order
the North of
Suwaphan also left the court and joined his father as an assistant,
helping him to realize the project, which became his father's
personal endeavor and legacy. Though
the canal was not officially named after Saai, to honour him and his
the team in charge of the project, a statue of
both Suwaphan and his father
now stands in a
Buddhist temple located along the canal, in close proximity to the Northern
Bangkok University in Pathum Thani, and the local people here do
refer to the canal as
Saai (คลองเจ้าสาย), i.e.
Suwaphan was also known by the
nickname Yai (ใหญ่), i.e. ‘Big’.