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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) is a key figure within the influential group of engineers and inventors who provided the impetus for Britainís industrial growth during the nineteenth century.
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Brunel and colleagues at launch of Great Eastern (Institution of Civil Engineers

Brunel and colleagues at launch of Great Eastern (Institution of Civil Engineers

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Along with Thomas Telford, George and Robert Stephenson, Daniel Gooch, Joseph Paxton and others, Brunel’s work helped transform the world economically, politically, physically and socially. Britain was able to become the leader in manufacturing and trade, and to develop from a traditional, rural, agrarian economy to a modern, urban, industrial one because it possessed in abundance six crucial elements for change: visionary minds, manpower, materials, money, markets and transport. Each new advance required the invention and production of an assortment of new support machinery, equipment and tools, thereby further expanding knowledge and skills and increasing Britain’s competitive edge.

In his book on the trans-Atlantic steamships, author Stephen Fox wrote:

Brunel became a celebrity, an engineering superstar at a time when the public works of engineers were remaking everyday life in large, visible ways and sparking the popular imagination as never before.

Suggestions for further reading and links to related websites can be found on the Resources and Links page.

For a detailed time line showing the key events in Brunel’s life in relation to other events in Bristol, Britain, science and engineering, arts and letters, and elsewhere, download the Word file from the downloads on the right.
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