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Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), British civil engineer and ship designer. In 1825 Brunel helped his father to construct the first tunnel under the Thames in London. In 1830 he won the competition for a design for the Clifton Suspension Bridge at Bristol, his first independent work. In 1833 he was appointed engineer of the Great Western Rail- way (GWR). He designed and built the GWR railway track between London and southwest England. He later designed huge steam ships capable of crossing the Atlantic. Amongst these was the Great Britain, the Great Western, and the Great Leviathan, later renamed the Great Eastern.
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