Isambard Kingdom Brunel

1806 - 1859

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (; 9 April 1806 – 15 September 1859) was an English civil 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 propeller-driven transatlantic steamship, and numerous important bridges and tunnels. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering. Though Brunel's projects were not always successful, they often contained innovative solutions to long-standing engineering problems. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isambard Kingdom Brunel has received more than 3,104,162 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Isambard Kingdom Brunel is the 53rd most popular engineer (down from 50th in 2019), the 893rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 772nd 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 53 out of 325Before him are Emil Škoda, Colin Chapman, Arthur Scherbius, Walter Dornberger, Jack Swigert, and Gustaf de Laval. After him are Ernst Heinkel, Henry Gantt, Bjarne Stroustrup, Alexander Wienerberger, Jimmy Doolittle, and Valdemar Poulsen.

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Among people born in 1806, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 11Before him are Catherine Labouré, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, William Webb Ellis, Emilia Plater, Omar Pasha, and Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia. After him are Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play, Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller, Charles Gleyre, Louis III, Grand Duke of Hesse, Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, and Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga. Among people deceased in 1859, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 17Before him are Carl Ritter, Louis Spohr, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Bettina von Arnim, Archduke John of Austria, and Thomas De Quincey. After him are John Brown, Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, John Austin, Robert Stephenson, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, and Abd al-Rahman of Morocco.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 893 out of 6,924Before him are John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer (1924), Archer Martin (1910), Peter D. Mitchell (1920), Robert Adam (1728), Peter Green (1946), and Charles Lightoller (1874). After him are Rob Halford (1951), Margaret of York (1446), William Carey (1761), Brian Josephson (1940), Ian McDiarmid (1944), and Slash (1965).

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), Oliver Heaviside (1850), Godfrey Hounsfield (1919), and Colin Chapman (1928). After him are Henry Royce (1863), Charles George Gordon (1833), Ross Brawn (1954), George Cayley (1773), Robert Stephenson (1803), and Charles Rolls (1877).