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Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Brunel Biography
Major Projects
Critical Reactions
Isambard Kingdom Brunelís career embraced civil, structural, mechanical and marine engineering, architecture, art and design. Through a winning combination of passion,
Brunel, Bristol and the South West
Brunel in Context
The Brunel Legacy
showmanship, attention to detail, creative ingenuity, and a hands-on approach that inspired his work force, Brunel succeeded in bringing many of his innovative ideas to fruition.
Education and Learning
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Portrait of Brunel by John Horsley
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Brunel Timeline
Kenneth Clark wrote of Brunel in his landmark book Civilisation that he ‘remained all his life in love with the impossible’. Even though some of Brunel’s projects failed – often spectacularly – and he was not to see the completion of one of his greatest achievements, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, he remains widely acknowledged as an engineering genius. As an indication of his continuing appeal, Brunel came a close second in the BBC’s Great Britons contest in 2002.

In this section you can follow the links to read about his life, his major projects and critical reactions to his work.

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.

Brunel Timeline Word Format
Brunel Timeline