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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

IKB (from a private collection)

the world's greatest engineer?



Brunel was born in Portsmouth on April 9th 1806. He designed many bridges, tunnels, ships, viaducts and railways. His first major project was on the Thames Tunnel where he worked with his father Mark Brunel. It was nearly his last project as well, as during one serious inundation he was very lucky to escape with his life in a catastrophe that killed six miners. He went on to design the Great Western Railway, Paddington Station, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and three innovative steam ships, the paddle-steamer the 'Great Western', the 'Great Britain', the world's first ocean going screw-driven ship and the 'Great Eastern' the largest steam vessel of the time.


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Most of the images are from our Guide Book but several of the photographs are by one of our volunteers Dave Dickinson.

Last updated on 15 Dec 2000