Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English civil engineer, mid-19th century.
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Plaster bust of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859). Brunel left school in 1822 to work for his father Marc Isambard Brunel on the construction of the Thames Tunnel. He later became the chief engineer of the Great Western Railway 1833-1858 and designed many bridges & viaducts including the Royal Albert Bridge, Cornwall, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol. In 1835 he had the idea of extending the GWR line westwards by means of a steamship route acros the Atlantic from Bristol to New York. To this end he designed the 'Great Western', the 'Great Britain' and the 'Great Eastern' steamships.