Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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Date of Birth April 9, 1806
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Sep 15, 1859 (53)
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was an English civil engineer who is considered "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history", "one of the 19th-century engineering giants", and "one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, [who] changed the face of the English landscape with his groundbreaking designs and ingenious constructions". Brunel built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship, and numerous important bridges and tunnels. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering. Though Brunel's projects were not always successful, they often contained innovative solutions to long-standing engineering problems.

Born: April 9, 1806, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Died: September 15, 1859, Westminster, London, England
Nationality: British
Education: Lycée Henri-IV, University of Caen
Children: Isambard Brunel Junior, Henry Marc Brunel, Florence Mary Brunel
Parent(s): Marc Isambard Brunel, Sophia Kingdom

About Isambard Kingdom Brunel

English mechanical and civil engineer who built the Great Western Railway and a series of steamships with various important bridges and tunnels.

Before Fame

He studied at Henri-Quatre until 1822 and then went on to study under the clockmaker, Abraham-Louis Breguet.


He was elected a Fellow of Royal Society in 1830.

Family Life

He married Mary Elizabeth Horsley and had three children.


Kenneth Branagh portrayed him in a segment showing the Industrial Revolution during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

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