Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English civil engineer, c 1859.
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Engraving by D J Pound from a photograph by Mayall of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), an English inventor and civil engineer. On leaving school in 1822 he worked alongside his father Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) on the construction of the Thames Tunnel. As chief engineer of the Great Western Railway (1833-1858), he designed many bridges and viaducts, including the Royal Albert Bridge in Cornwall and the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. The famous steamships 'Great Western', the 'Great Britain' and the 'Great Eastern' were also conceived by him. From the Phillimore Collection at the Science Museum, London.