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Who was Isambard Kingdom Brunel?
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a great civil and mechanical engineer in the Victorian era.
He was born in 1806 in Portsmouth, England.
Following his apprenticeship where he trained as a watchmaker, he, became engineer to the Thames Tunnel project which was run by his father.  When the tunnel suddenly collapsed, he narrowly escaped with his life.
He was appointed chief engineer to the Great Western Railway in 1833.  He introduced broad gauge rails and a high speed track from London to Bristol. He also, designed and built over 1000 miles of line. He designed and built designed Clifton Suspension Bridge over the River Avon.  In and 1833, he built 3 enormous ships which were the biggest in the world at the time.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel