Born in April 1806, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a prolific structural engineer responsible for building over 1,000 miles of railway in the UK. A key figure in the history of rail, Brunel is recognised for building the first-known underwater tunnel, the Thames Tunnel. Some of his other most notable projects include Clifton Suspension Bridge, Maidenhead Bridge, and the Great Western Railway.
Brunel’s groundbreaking ideas changed the world of civil and structural engineering, paving the way for a number of modern engineering wonders in British railway including the Channel Tunnel and the London Underground network.
On his 213th birthday, we’ve compiled a timeline that celebrates the life and creations of Isambard Kingdom Brunel including his involvement in SS Great Britain and the London to Bristol railway lines.
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