Yuen Poovarawan A Thai computer scientist served as associate professor in the Department of Computer Engineering and Vice President for Information Technology at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand, who came to prominence for the development of natural language processing for the Thai language, and the advancement of information technology services, notably, the implementation of networking infrastructure at Kasetsart. He was named one of Google “web heroes” for its The Web Is What You Make Of It campaign promoting the Google Chrome browser by Google. Due to his great contributions, he has garnered notable awards, of which Outstanding Researcher Award (1996) is considered to be the best award throughout his career.
He was born as the third out of six children in Bangkok, Thailand. He attended Chulalongkorn University in 1972, and achieved Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering before completing two engineering master's degrees. First steps in his career were made in 1973 when he served as an instructor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Kasetsart University. In 1978, he started working on software development for microcomputers. Yuen was also head of The Microcomputer Research Laboratory and developed the Thai Kernel System.
Yuen got married to Wanna Poovarawan. The couple has two daughters and one son, Nawan, Nanjana and Nutch Poovarawan, respectively.