Isambard Kingdom Brunel

1806 - 1859

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (; 9 April 1806 – 15 September 1859) was a British civil engineer and mechanical engineer who is considered "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history", "one of the 19th-century engineering giants", and "one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, [who] changed the face of the English landscape with his groundbreaking designs and ingenious constructions". Brunel built dockyards, the Great Western Railway (GWR), a series of steamships including the first purpose-built transatlantic steamship, and numerous important bridges and tunnels. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isambard Kingdom Brunel has received more than 4,382,856 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Isambard Kingdom Brunel is the 74th most popular engineer (down from 52nd in 2019), the 1,021st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 909th in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Engineer.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a famous engineer who is most famous for his work on the Great Western Railway, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and the SS Great Britain.

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Among engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 74 out of 389Before him are Jimmy Doolittle, Marcel Dassault, Colin Chapman, Petrus Peregrinus de Maricourt, Su Song, and Adam Czerniaków. After him are Mikhail Gurevich, Marcel Renault, Józef Bem, Henri Farman, Edward A. Murphy Jr., and André Courrèges.

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Among people born in 1806, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 13Before him are Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia, Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich, Omar Pasha, William Webb Ellis, and Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov. After him are Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller, Charles Gleyre, Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle, Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Louis III, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play. Among people deceased in 1859, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 19Before him are Louis Spohr, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Archduke John of Austria, Thomas De Quincey, John Brown, and Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. After him are Abd al-Rahman of Morocco, John Austin, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Alfred Vail, Carl Adolph Agardh, and Yoshida Shōin.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 1,021 out of 8,785Before him are Michael Smith (1932), Harriet Martineau (1802), John Mayall (1933), David Warner (1941), Saint David (512), and Princess Hélène of Orléans (1871). After him are Samuel Crompton (1753), Infante Alfonso Carlos, Duke of San Jaime (1849), Emperor Norton (1818), William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800), Mary Mallon (1869), and John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718).

Among ENGINEERS In United Kingdom

Among engineers born in United Kingdom, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 6Before him are William John Macquorn Rankine (1820), John Ambrose Fleming (1849), Godfrey Hounsfield (1919), Charles George Gordon (1833), and Colin Chapman (1928). After him are Henry Royce (1863), Charles Rolls (1877), Alexander Cunningham (1814), George Cayley (1773), Hertha Ayrton (1854), and Adrian Newey (1958).