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Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer

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MIRIAM AND IRA D. WALLACH DIVISION OF ART, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS / NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MIRIAM AND IRA D. WALLACH DIVISION OF ART, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS / NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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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, England. In 1830, he won the competition to design the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. In 1833, he was appointed engineer of the Great Western Railway (GWR), designing railway track between London and south-west England. He also designed trans-Atlantic steam ships, including the Great Britain, the Great Western, and the Great Eastern. Brunel was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1830. Artwork circa 1860 from 'The National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Personages'.

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