Famous Brits: Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Our Famous Brit this week is Isambard Kingdom Brunel FRS (9 April 1806 – 15 September 1859). He was an English mechanical and 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.